Press blindisided by local bomb threats

By defaultuser
March 15, 2001

Some local news media have contributed to the hype of the bomb threats plaguing northern and central Montgomery county. Some have been the direct root of the panic.

In a broadcast last week, Jim Gardner, channel six anchor, read a letter sent to him warning of further wrath if people did not “change their ways.” A Montgomery county daily news paper also featured a similar letter on its front page.

The medias’ job is to report the news. There is no certainty that this was anything more than mail to hype the situtations already playing out in Montgomery county. If the letters had made specific indications of when something were to happen, then its reporting would have been justified. The media has gone too far with its sensationalistic reporting.


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