A reporter from Jena attempts to set the record straight on what appears to have been a little bit of Chinese Whispers, a little bit of selection bias, and a little bit of that media narrative-crafting to which we’ve become accustomed. A sliver:
The reason the Jena cases have been propelled into the world spotlight is two-fold: First, because local officials did not speak publicly early on about the true events of the past year, the media simply formed their stories based on one-side’s statements – the Jena 6. Second, the media were downright lazy in their efforts to find the truth. Often, they simply reported what they’d read on blogs, which expressed only one side of the issue.
The real story of Jena and the Jena 6 is quite different from what the national media presented. It’s time to set the record straight. (Read on.)
It’s ok Al and Jesse, the damage is done. You’ve already made enough bank for your new cars.