Which One? by Google Images w/caption by Rev Dan
Most writers involved in news stories - some call them journalists, while others call them something else entirely - lead a frenetic, fast-paced life: today's news demands it. So when a sensational story comes up, the tendency to grab at a source - any source - is tempting.
The case of alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner certainly demanded immediate stories ...with immediate angles. I fell to grabbing the first version of his "manifesto". It was almost 20 pages long and contained glaring statements about Christianity and gun control. Bingo! I was hooked into writing about those two angles.
Then someone told me that the manifesto was "fake" and that another shorter (original) version existed. I went into comparison mode to see what the differences were and they were glaring: the added 8 pages looked to have a different focus and certainly a different style of writing. Those 8 pages contained the gun control statement. I was also concerned that it was primarily those 8 pages the media were fixed upon.
Then yet another reversal came: I was told the longer version of the manifesto was the real McCoy.
Personally, I don't buy it, but the MSM is not questioning the last 8 pages.
So be it ... for now.
This is not just a question of sources, but one of ethics. The shorter version was posted by former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who stated it was from journalist and former police officer Michael Ruppert. People picked it up, noticing the large discrepancy. The longer version was given to the media by the LAPD who stated it was posted on a facebook page.
It's possible that Ruppert omitted the 8 pages since he deemed them fake (to date, he's not commented on that possibility). It's possible that the LAPD could have added them to put Dorner in a different light. In an interview, Ruppert points out that he thought there were discrepancies and the LAPD was still riddled with corruption and racism (see below). He also stated that he thinks (as many do) the LAPD does not want to take Dorner alive, but dead.
Whatever the version, the Dorner manifesto has struck a chord with many and cannot be set aside as the rantings of an unhinged, grudge-filled former cop. The LAPD has indeed reopened his case - while Los Angeles has put up a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner's arrest.
The manifesto. The drama. The accusations. The responses. The manhunt. The lack of ethics. None of these things are going away soon. And while the country may tire after a while, none of these things should be forgotten.