By Celina Mori
In this day and age news comes to us in different ways such as phones, tv, or newspaper. Whether it’s on the tv or through a phone, the news is always there. But what if the information you were reading wasn’t a hundred percent correct? Here are the top three topics that the media misrepresents.
2. Police Brutality- The media always presents police officers in a negative way. In fact this happens very often that people overlook that cops can die in the line of duty. According to FBI data, African Americans are more likely to kill cops than be killed by them. About 40% of the people who have killed cops are African American. Officer Lt. Debra Clayton was killed by an African American man.Clayton was shot outside a Walmart in Orlando, Florida after trying to confront, Markeith Loyd for killing his ex-pregnant girlfriend. Loyd left the scene of the crime and was spotted by another officer, that was also shot by him, a manhunt went underway. Loyd was captured on January 17th, eight days after killing Clayton.
3. Mental Illness- Mental illness is already hard enough to deal with as it is, but the media can cause myths on what it’s truly about. Many news reports depict people with as criminals or violent. Yet, studies from usnews, prove that people with mental illnesses are less likely to commit crimes and are more likely to be victimize. People with mental illnesses are also stereotyped as being unpredictable. A focus group was held by psychcentral.com, that included individuals who affect the lives of people with mental illness. As they were asked what they thought about people with mental illness, half of the individuals answered that they were afraid that they would go berserk or go attack someone. Well that’s not what happened after four teenagers tortured a mentally disabled boy, while broadcasting it on Facebook live. The four teenagers had beaten been beaten as well as having the boy drink water from a toilet.
In the end, even if some topics are still unclear or misrepresented research is always the key. There are many databases that can be found online. For instance, The Washington Post created a database of every fatal shooting caused by a police officer in the United States and gives basic information about each person that died, such as race, gender, etc. But how you want to interpret the information is all that matters.