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Confused by the News

I love to read headlines. Sometimes, a headline is all I really need to know. It works well for things like who won an election - all I need is the name of the winner, I don't need a breakdown or a rehash of the campaigns. Just tell me who is president now, and I'm good.

Sometimes, headlines scare me or worry me about how horrific the details will be, especially when the story is about child abuse or murder or disgusting insects that embedded themselves in unsuspecting travelers.

But sometimes, headlines leave me with questions.

Like the headline I just read about the two escaped convicts from New York. It says the police are following a credible lead about a sighting. Great, just tell those convicts that we know where they are. I mean, they won't try to run away, right? Sure, the headline didn't say where they were spotted, but if it's really them, they already know where they are. They will leave where they are since now it is clear that the police also know where they are, and will go somewhere else that the police don't know about.

The news is a wonderful thing. Love that freedom of the press. But it does seem a bit daft to be warning the criminals that we're coming to get them. I should think that ambushing escaped convicts might go better with the element of surprise.

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inertia4 wrote on June 21, 2015, 8:14 PM

Anja Well, I don't know if the cops are going to find those two escape convicts. They must have had a plan and might ver well be long gone by now.

Anja wrote on June 21, 2015, 8:17 PM

I think their plan came right off the TV series Prison Break, right down to having a prison employee help them escape.

paigea wrote on June 21, 2015, 8:38 PM

Yes, some things I would be happy to wait to read about. Tell me the story after they are caught!

inertia4 wrote on June 21, 2015, 8:43 PM

Anja Maybe, who knows. But they got out. And they will not be the last ones to ever escape prison.

bestwriter wrote on June 21, 2015, 9:14 PM

With technology always running faster than the convicts they will soon be in the 'web'

Anja wrote on June 21, 2015, 9:40 PM

If they were on a rampage, with loaded weapons and murderous intent, roaming through my neighborhood, then it might be good to tell me. But if they are holed up somewhere, just go get them and do it quietly.

Anja wrote on June 21, 2015, 9:41 PM

Technology can do a lot of great things, but it has it's down side too.

wolfgirl569 wrote on June 21, 2015, 10:04 PM

Thats why so many things have to be kept top secret. Otherwise someone would tell the world what was going to happen

valmnz wrote on June 22, 2015, 1:03 AM

Ha, ha, I totally agree with you. We had a case where the public was demanding to know where one of our secret service units was on an overseas mission. Nothing like telling the enemy they're coming. Fortunately the government had more sense.

CoralLevang wrote on June 22, 2015, 9:18 AM

Sometimes, reporters drive me crazy.

DorothyGale wrote on July 20, 2015, 2:48 PM

Freedom of the press is such a two-edged sword. So often, it seems that the public's "right" to know is given precedence over the public's safety.