Upon reading the second letter against "Police Beat," I had to hold back the vomit coming out of my nose in digust of their meager arguments.
First, I don't read "Police Beat." I read the sports and editorial pages. "Police Beat" makes me nauseous. I don't care and I don't want to know.
But when I read in the Perspectives page that one of the victims of "Police Beat" felt humiliated by the expose, I became interested. Why? Because finally, we the law-abiders of society are punishing and persecuting the scum.
We need "Police Beat." It is a way of protecting the public from those who might have a tendency to commit crime. It punishes those that do bad. If everybody reads about how bad Sarah is and Sarah wants somebody's respect, maybe she will be un-bad. If you have the appearance of bad, but have not done bad, maybe you should think about what it is you are doing and who you are hanging out with. "Police Beat" serves as both the sword and shield by piercing those that have the appearance of bad and protecting those that do not from them.
What about the innocent? What about the wrongly accused? Might I remind everyone that those that have been released from suspicion aren't innocent from committing the crime. It just means that the prosecution can't or won't prove it.
Besides the truly innocent always have a final check and balance which is libel. Anything false and made public may be grounds for a very big and very nice lawsuit. You don't have to be rich to afford a lawyer either. They're a dime a dozen and the ACLU will be proud to take your case and sometimes for free!
Society will always have an element in it that demonstrates its disagreement with the laws that govern our society. In the same way, that we will always have an element within our society that has less skills and resources to offer our society, The best we can do to keep from being in either is to act constructively in a socially acceptable way. A good rule of thumb is: if you're doing something that you wouldn't want Jesus to see, don't do it.
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