Stacy McCain labels it “preemptive journalism”, and gives us a great example of the media reporting what the story might be, rather than simply sticking with what they actually know
Well, we can all agree on this, I’m pretty sure. But apparently there is someone in Florida who feels otherwise: FORT MYERS — Fort Myers police are trying to find the killer of a transgender woman whose body was found burned behind a garbage bin Thursday. Police on Friday identified the victim as Eddie James Owen, 31, but family members said Owen identified as a woman and went by the name Yazmin or Yaz’min Shancez. (Warning: Pronoun confusion ahead.) Fort Myers Police Lt. Jay Rodriguezsaid they have not determined a cause of death, and are not investigating the homicide as a hate crime. “We have no indication at this time to say this was specifically done because it was a male living as a female or anything like that,” Rodriguez said. “If you really think about it, a hate crime is killing someone for a specific reason, being black, Hispanic, gay. We’re investigating as we would any other homicide.” (Keep this in mind: Police don’t even know the cause of death yet. They haven’t identified a suspect or a motive.)
Go read the rest of McCain’s post, he does a great job of illustrating how the media, far too often, seeks to create a story, or an angle to a story that suits some narrative, or garners more attention.