Why does ‘A Newspaper’ keep pimping the offenders?

I have noticed a bit of a theme starting to appear at a newspaper when it comes to reporting on crime. It seems that for the first day or so of coverage regarding any particular crime, the reporting is of the normal ?this is what happened? variety, but within a couple of days, they seem to be putting in ?the poor offender is really a victim too? type articles.

A motorcyclist was hit and killed by a driver going the wrong way on SH1 between the Newlands off ramp and Johnsonville.

On Dec 29th, the newspaper had an article regarding the recent fatal head-on crash on a motorway near Wellington. In case you have missed it, the incident involved a 72 year-old-woman who at 3am had been driving for hours on a long journey. Somewhere near Johnsonville, she turned onto the motorway via an off-ramp and travelled south in the northbound lanes. She was reported to Police by a concerned motorist who had seen her from the other side of the road, but unfortunately it was too late and the woman collided head on with a motorcyclist, killing him.

That part of the article is all fine, there is even a link to a previous story from them about fatigue being a factor in the crash and giving the good advice to plan rest stops etc, but the reporter then seems to feel the need to let us all know just how bad the offending driver is feeling about it all! .

The 72-year-old charged was emotional following the accident, Verry said.
“This is a tragic incident. She’s also very upset, she’s had an accident that she’ll remember,”? “She’s not injured and didn’t require medical treatment, but she’s very upset.” end quote.

Now I get that they are just quoting comments that were made by Detective Senior Sergeant Kevan Verry, but at the end of the day, I for one don’t give a toss how the poor offender feels about this. I would hope that she’s upset. In fact that would be nothing less than expected; after all, she has just killed someone. She has taken the life of a young man, shattered all his hopes and dreams and those of his family who I’m sure would’ve loved to spend more time with him.

Det Snr Sgt Kevan Verry

Perhaps the newspaper just feels they need to be balanced. I don’t know, but they have form for this sort of thing. There has been a series of articles, for instance, in regard to Rouxle Le Roux, the young woman who ran over and killed a 15-year-old boy in Albany while driving in breach of her learners licence. She was driving after consuming cannabis and drinking alcohol, the level of which will never be ascertained, as she never stopped at the scene or made any attempt to provide assistance.

Instead of condemning Le Roux’s actions, we get the ?woe is me, I’m really the victim here? story. Does anybody really care that she thinks it’s not her fault? We all know that the boy crossed the road against a red light and possibly had music on. That doesn’t diminish her responsibility to drive legally licensed, free of alcohol and drugs and at such a speed that might allow her to react to unexpected situations.

The worst of these articles I think is this one, which really takes the offender hugging to a new extreme: we all get to hear about just how sorry poor wee Rouxle feels. Seriously, click on it to get the full idea of what I am talking about here; the pandering is unbelievable.

Le Roux feeling very sorry for herself. Photo credit: Newshub.

Perhaps the newspaper is just trying to do us all a favour by pointing out the victim mentality of seemingly every offender out there at the moment. Nothing seems to be anybody’s fault anymore. ?It doesn’t matter that I took a person’s life, I’m really the victim, you should all feel sorry for me!?

Well no, sorry editors of The Herald, but these sort of offender-pandering articles just put me off buying your paper.

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