I find the unethical media coverage of the following sensational murder case in New York highly disturbing.
Two children aged 2 and 6 were found dead on Thursday.
The 30-something mother accused their 50-year-old nanny of committing the crime.
The employer is rich and glamorous. From the pictures, the (slain) children look adorable.
The 50-something servant is a Latina and poor. The police haven’t interviewed her.
But all the media reports I’ve read sound very positive that the nanny is a monster-murderer. They’ve even gone to the extent of implying that she is cuckoo.
The media coverage have only reported the mother’s side of the story. How can the media be so confident that what they’ve reported as if it were fact is actually the truth when so little investigation has been carried out?
Even the police commissioner gave conflicting accounts in the same interview.
Below is reported by Reuters and carried by Si Gunting:
“New York police were hoping to interview the critically wounded nanny later on Friday, said an NYPD official who requested anonymity. Ortega, 50, has not been charged because police have not been able to interview her.
“We know now that the nanny began to stab herself as the woman entered the bathroom,” Kelly said. “We initially thought it was, it had already been done, but now information is coming out that she did it as the mother entered the room.”
How do the police know that the nanny began to stab herself as the woman entered the bathroom? There were no witnesses. The police is only taking the mother’s word for it.
Why did the police initially think the sequence of events was something else? If the police aren’t sure that what they initially conjectured was correct or accurate, what makes the police think that what they’re thinking presently in the second instance is more correct and more accurate?
It’s barely been three days since the tragedy. Nobody’s figured out any motive. There’s been no media report on the forensic findings, i.e. whether the wounds on the nanny are self-inflicted (since the police have claimed that she tried to commit suicide after stabbing the children).
If anything, the Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has been unprofessional in his comments to the press. After all, the latest press report available (CBS News) still says:
“Police have been unable to interview the nanny suspected of stabbing to death 6-year-old Lucia Krim, and her 2-year-old brother Leo, inside a New York City apartment building. The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, 50, is in police custody at the hospital …”
The accused is a long way from her day in court. Yet the media have already – without any pause, without batting an eyelid – pronounced her guilty. And she’s not even charged yet.
If the nanny’s case were to be brought to court later, it would have been severely prejudiced by the current and ongoing press coverage.
The parents are Kevin and Marina Krim.
The nanny is YoSelyn Ortega. I’m not sure if it is following proper procedure for New York police to release the suspect’s name to the press hounds for them to convene a kangaroo court.
If you’re interested, please Google the names.
Read the media narratives very critically, especially how they tell the story as if they (i.e. the reporters) saw everything happening right before their own eyes.
Examine the language of the media reports and you can tell me if you feel as amazed as I do that the reporters can write with such absolute certainty – detailing how event A followed event B followed event C – as if the words they set in print are the tested and immutable laws of physics.
And I would appreciate your sharing your views with me.