Media coverage of crimes questioned


In regard to the arson, which occurred on January 31 at Town and Country Book Den, how do local media determine which crimes are worthy of accurately reporting and warrant follow-up coverage?

All crimes are worthy of accurate coverage and periodic follow-ups. During the evening broadcasts, the fire was covered very briefly and nothing more has been reported by the media. I think part of the lack of coverage is due to the fact no one was physically hurt. I know first hand that people were hurt. Besides loss of revenue, good, hard-working people with families lost their jobs. The state incurred some loss.

I am happy to say the perpetrator has been arrested [see East Tennessee briefs]. At the beginning of April, a student of Crown College turned himself in and confessed. Before his confession, Benjamin Daniel Warren was injured in a car accident. He felt this was his deity’s way of punishing him for the crime he committed in his deity’s name. Mr. Warren is now released on bond. Religiously motivated crimes deserve to be reported with the same urgency as other hate-crimes.

I mention this young man’s name because he is a criminal. The community deserves to know what danger may be strolling their neighborhoods. Religiously motivated crimes are hate crimes and should be reported with the same urgency as other hate crimes. It disappoints me that the Knoxville media sources seem to have looked the other way.

Mrs. C. Collins