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Bar Fight/Pervert Story Full of Spin

Date Posted: 2001-01-26

Can’t you write a straightforward unbiased article for once? In a recent article, “Incidents Renew Protests,” instead of stating the facts, you write a news article filled with an unusual choice of words, excuses, and you even throw in irrelevant information to divert the reader’s attention.

In the first incident, a pervert is caught taking pictures of a girl in a public restroom. He happens to be in the military. Instead of condemning this act, you write that this type of act is a “common occurrence” in Japan leading the reader to believe that Japanese society is full of perverts like him, so it’s okay to do that in Japan. Well, it’s not!

I also like your coverage of the bar fight between two Americans. Most of us who have lived on this island for a while can agree that the Japanese media would never mention that fight if it were between two Japanese, but I had to laugh at your attempt to “spin” that fight by adding a small statement from the bar’s owner, “American customers are very well behaved and fights or other disturbances are very rare.”

Yes, not every American starts fighting in a bar. No duh!

And, what kind of headline is, “Incidents Renew Protests?” Are there any people marching around the gates? I haven’t seen any. The only thing that did happen was the usual anti-base response from the local government.

Fire your Spin-Doctors and hire some Journalists. Also, keep your opinions out of the news section. You do have an editorial section, right?

One final thought, why didn’t you write the name of that pervert in your paper? His full name has been mentioned on every TV channel, and newspaper in Okinawa. I think any parent living on-base would want to know his name so they can protect their children from that pervert.

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