Rotten Reporting: Burying the Lead in a “Illegal Tattooing” Story

Duckface + Sleeve Tat = Molested

When Fox Carolina noted the arrest of 28-year-old degenerate Eric Brown on a variety of charges they ran the headline Fountain Inn Man Charged with Illegal Tattooing. Underneath the headline they note that he was “also” charged with criminal sexual conduct as if the illegal tattooing was the bigger crime. Reading the article I suspect I see why the reporter lead with the relatively minor crime of illegal tattooing:

Laurens County investigators said they have issued warrants against Brown for 10 counts of illegal tattooing, six counts of tattooing under 21, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor second degree and two counts of lewd acts on a minor.

The reporter simply took the crime that happened the most to be the most serious, and thus the lead. But if a man was arrested for two murders and five assaults would the story be about the assaults? The tattooing in this story seems to be incidental to Brown preying on children. I would bet that Brown used tattooing as an “in” with children he wanted to have sex with.

Thus the real story here is that Brown is a filthy pervert, not a renegade tattooist.

Then at the end we see another fact about this case that would make a better lead:

During their search, investigators said they discovered a meth lab and arrested three people on drug charges: James Peter Richey, Furman William Vaughn and Shanon Gail Thompson.

A child molester was part of a meth ring and the lead is that he gave illegal tattoos? Journalism is well and truly dead.


4 Responses to “Rotten Reporting: Burying the Lead in a “Illegal Tattooing” Story”

  1. Loup Garou on February 23rd, 2011 1:17 pm

    wow looking at that pic 3 or 4 times makes me feel dirty…. let me look again….. yep, dirty. LOL! It is nice to see that Meth has become the Crack of white people, then again… so has Crack. bath salts anyone?

  2. DodiaFae on February 23rd, 2011 4:01 pm

    Ug… I can’t believe I missed this one. Then again, I’ve been busy chasing a couple of small, runny noses around with kleenex.

    Am I the only one that thinks that both that “journalist” who wrote up that piece and the editor should be fired? Not only did they completely downplay incidences of child sexual abuse (which is completely appalling), but they lost an opportunity for sensationalism that papers love so much. Not much in the way of brains in that outfit.

  3. Rob Taylor on February 23rd, 2011 5:02 pm

    I’m still sick myself. This flu is as bad as they said Swine Flu was supposed to be.

  4. Ajax the Great on February 25th, 2011 4:39 pm

    Tweakers = dead weight

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