Media images and the Fabian Way murders

This is somewhere between a red herring and besides the point, but I couldn’t help noticing that the Daily News (The Mercury) had two photos Friday that seemed to glorify gun violence, on the day that the double-killing was discovered.

One, is city staffer holding the nozzle as if it is a firearm. Innocent enough, right? I shot the same figure without the nozzle.

Two is a Stanford baseballer holding the bat as if it is a kind of weapon. Maybe this is fencing pose as much as a rifle. Or, I will retract this if it is part of his normal batter’s box routine. I doubt Norbert von der Groeben, who I’ve known since at least 1984 said “Hold the bat as if it is a rifle, this is Florida, and your are exercising your stand-your-grounds rights” but even so. I have 10,000 baseball cards and few have this pose.

I think the media could do better on these things.

And outro with:
Noel Perrin, “Giving Up the Gun”
Cheryl Wheeler, “maybe it’s the guns” (which I read from at school board)

I left a voice mail to Mario Dianda the editor.

and1: Campy is in the wrong, but probably not lethal here.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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