Turning to ABC11, the headline you see is “Capital Punishment back before the North Carolina Supreme Court.” Yes, this case has something to do with capital punishment, but the real news was that the North Carolina Supreme Court was hearing today oral arguments about the Racial Justice Act. The Racial Justice Act has to do with convicted murderers who have been found guilty and are looking for escape the death sentence by saying race played a role in their case.
While the headline may be misleading, there is a vital question most media outlets have left out: “What about the victims?”
After the North Carolina Supreme Court was finished hearing the oral arguments, the sight outside was interesting. On one side the media was interviewing only those who want believe that the Racial Justice Act was a good piece of legislation; the second picture was that of the victims’ families who have been waiting for closure on their loved ones cases for 17-plus years. Is the media listening only to those arguing for murderers? Shouldn’t journalists be hearing from both sides when reporting?