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Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The anatomy of a headline: Some stories on Federal Way tragedy imply it’s part of Seattle

Last night’s dead­ly ram­page in Fed­er­al Way — which result­ed in the deaths of five indi­vid­u­als at the Pinewood Vil­lage apart­ments com­plex just off Pacif­ic High­way South — has focused nation­al and inter­na­tion­al atten­tion on our region.

Although the tragedy occurred in Fed­er­al Way and author­i­ties there are han­dling the inves­ti­ga­tion, sev­er­al nation­al and inter­na­tion­al media out­lets are incor­rect­ly char­ac­ter­iz­ing the event as a “Seat­tle shoot­ing” or a shoot­ing in Seat­tle, imply­ing that it hap­pened in our region’s biggest city. In fact, the Fed­er­al Way city lim­its are some twen­ty miles south of the heart of Seat­tle, and dri­ving from one city hall to anoth­er takes twen­ty-five min­utes… in good traffic.

A quick check of sto­ries per­tain­ing to the tragedy on Bing News revealed some head­lines that are mis­lead­ing and could have been bet­ter written.

Let’s com­pare a few:

Our own local media, of course, don’t need to say “Seat­tle area”. We here in Wash­ing­ton know where Fed­er­al Way is.

There are a lot of details about this tragedy we still don’t know. We do know that the man killed by police last night — who is sus­pect­ed of killing the oth­ers — had a license to car­ry a con­cealed weapon. And he was abu­sive: Law enforce­ment knew this guy, because he’d been vio­lent before. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, he was armed last night, and he did ter­ri­ble dam­age with his weapons.

We at NPI extend our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and friends of those killed in this sense­less act of vio­lence. Anoth­er mass shoot­ing has result­ed in more death and destruc­tion. We’re left to won­der: When is enough enough? When are we going to put human rights ahead of “gun rights”?

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One Comment

  1. It’s sim­i­lar to events in Water­town MA being char­ac­ter­ized as being in Boston.

    # by Mike Barer :: April 22nd, 2013 at 1:22 PM
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