What the News Didn't Say About Them

Did you see the news last night? It said “Soldier killed in bomb attack.” I listened keenly, but it didn’t say much; they showed a footage and said some words, then the reporter said her name and city and wrapped up the news. “Soldier killed in bomb attack,” that was all the news could say! They didn’t say a word about his little daughter, they didn’t tell us she’s only three. Not a word was said of his pregnant wife, or the miscarriage she had when she heard the news.

They only said “Soldier killed in bomb attack”. How about his promise to his parents to come on Christmas Eve, to join them in the little cathedral he attended as a boy? They didn’t tell us he had bought a banjo for his teenage son, to present as a gift for the birthday he missed. They didn’t tell us he had neighbours and friends, and the riffle in his hand hadn’t changed his heart. They didn’t tell us of his old mom at home, clenching a rosary and saying a prayer for him. Did they forget or was it unimportant? I listened keenly but it didn’t say much, all it said was “Soldier killed in bomb attack.”

 

I wish you saw the news last night. It said “15-year-old girl gang-raped and killed”. I listened keenly but it didn’t say much; they warned that the report might contain disturbing images, but they didn’t warn that it contained a heartbreaking tale. “15-year-old girl gang raped and killed.” I listened keenly, but it didn’t say much. They didn’t say a word about the dreams she had, how she told her parents she would someday change the world. They didn’t mention the decorated house, fifteen pink candles and a purple cake, a birthday song sang in different keys, a smiling father and a tearful mom, a wish made that would never be, candles blown out never to be lit again. All they said was “15-year-old girl gang raped and killed.” Why didn’t they mention how well she sang, how she played the violin at St. Peter’s choir? They didn’t mention her dad in that report; the pain of having to identify the corpse, a battered body in a plastic bag—the final picture of an only child. How about her best friend at school, hoping to see her tomorrow in music class? Not a word was said of these. Did they forget or was it unimportant, or was Mr. Editor simply doing his job? I listened keenly but it didn’t say much, all it said was “15-year-old girl gang-raped and killed.”

 

I guess you didn’t see the news last night. It said “More lose their jobs as recession worsens”. I listened keenly but it didn’t say much; it didn’t call them people, simply called them “More”. Did they have names? Did they have plans? Was their take home pay the lifeline they had?  “More lose their jobs as recession worsens”. I listened keenly but it didn’t say much; the reporter obviously still had her job. They didn’t mention how Mr. Maxwell spent whole nights at the bar, and Mrs. Maxwell’s efforts to keep the kids from seeing their drunken dad. They didn’t mention dear old Francis, and his letter to his creditors before “going away”. They didn’t say Sam had already lost everything, and his job was just the last on the list. They didn’t mention the wailing kids at home. They didn’t mention the runaway Mom. They said nothing about Aunty Maggie, and how she was to raise four children all by herself. Did they forget or was it unimportant? I listened keenly but it didn’t say much, it simply said “More lose their jobs as recession worsens.”

I'm glad you didn't see the news last night.

I only wish I didn't see it too.

 

 

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1 comment

  • Preach

    The Truth and what is important is filtered out of the story... I'm glad I didn't see...

    Comment Link Sunday, 09 July 2017 21:55 posted by Preach

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