It’s interesting to note how the news media tends to direct the public’s attention. What is considered to be “news” at any given time seems to be predecided by the particular stories and events they agree to focus on. Obviously reporting on the misadventures and idiotic tweets of our current president keeps the media busy most of the time right now, but every once in a while they turn their attention away from the sad reality show in Washington, D.C., to some other unfolding human tragedy.
Two weeks ago today, 16 year-old Jayvon Sherman was shot to death while walking to school. As I write this police do not know who shot Jayvon or why they did it, but we do know he is the 22nd person to be murdered in Macon this year. And Tuesday added three more to the total. As is the case every year, a large percentage of the homicide victims in Macon are African American men and most of them were killed by other African American men.
In my last column I offhandedly referred to our current president as a “crazy man,” and I predictably received a few irate responses from some of Donald Trump’s loyal admirers who didn’t appreciate the comment. The responses I get when I say anything critical about “The Donald” typically go something like this: “You are obviously a liberal snowflake who can’t stand the fact that a true patriot now leads the country.
@morbrem@LarryHogan@MarilynMosbyEsq You are creating your own reality. Let me be explicit, the Governor did not cause crime in Baltimore to increase independently. There are things that Governor could be doing, used to do, that are not occurring. I urge him to join us to do what works in coordinated way.
@morbrem@LarryHogan@MarilynMosbyEsq Criminal Justice Coordinating Council used to run point on coordination. Governor thought ineffective and wanted to punish judges, so stopped it. Fine. What replaced it to coordinate? Nothing.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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