Related to the Boston Marathon bombing and the articles published quoting the mother and father of the alleged bombers, I offer the following personal point of view:
"I spent 34 years as a criminal/delinquent investigator for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in California. I investigated thousands of cases and prepared sentencing reports for Superior Courts involving felony crimes committed by juvenile and adult offenders. A common thread in the cases of habitual offenders were statements made by overprotective parents that blamed society for their son’s or daughter’s antisocial behaviors, ususually claiming they “were innocent, set up by the system, have never lied to them (their parents) etc.,etc.
This is a common feature recognized by professionals who work in the criminal justice systems throughout this country, probably throughout the world.
Take heed news media, The statements of the parents of these apparently deranged individuals IS NOT NEWS, NOR IS IT NEWS WORTHY. It is predictably BIASED!
It is sensational and "sells papers" and pleases commercial sponsors, and may elevate ratings, but it does not well serve the public interest, nor the ethical standards of journalism. It distorts the factual and rational information related to issues that are NEWS worthy and that the public is entitled to.