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The checkpoint shooting incident is a perfectly legitimate story. But here’s the thing: all day long listen to how the story is reported. Already, I’ve heard a dozen different accounts on radio and TV. Each time the formulation has been essentially “women and children in a van shot at a checkpoint.” The anchors and reporters don’t say “women and children in a van shot at a checkpoint when the driver refused to stop. This is not a quibble. It is the journalistically more accurate account. The way I’ve heard Paula Zahn, NPR, Katie Couric and others refer to it, leaves this important part of the equation. You will hear this all day long.



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