Monday, July 10, 2006
A Tale Of Two Whyte Avenues
It's a tale of two cities.
It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.
Really only one city, but two versions of it from its two newspapers.
The two newspapers in Edmonton, the Journal and the Sun put a different spin on the police stories arising from the Stanley Cup riots on Whyte Ave. What is so glaring is that they are two solitudes, one showing the best of times and one the worst.
The Sun ever the cheerleader for law and order published photos of Edmontonians taken by the police. The Journal citing press freedom and privacy refused to.
The Sun praised the police no end even while the police violated peoples rights as they used indiscriminate mass arrest as a way of quelling disturbances.
The Edmonton Journal reported on police burtality, as well as at least one case of false arrest and brutality. A story that never appeared in the Sun.
In fact no stories on police brutality appeared in the Sun, despite the previous run ins that Sun Columnists have had with the EPS.
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