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TalkLeft:
There was one  xerox copy of one photograph erroneously released by the state to the media yesterday. It was a photo taken within minutes of the shooting, at the scene, by a neighbor.

Trayvon Martin's parents, nonetheless, gave a statement to the media today, calling the photo an "autopsy photo" and saying more than one photo was accidentally released. Neither statement is true.


--- Quote ---While it was an unfortunate mistake that the autopsy photographs of our son were released we appreciate the media and the public for not reproducing or publishing the photographs."
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Again: One xerox copy of a cell phone photo was released, it was not an autopsy photo and  there was no release of multiple photos.

DebFrmHell:

--- Quote from: TalkLeft on August 10, 2012, 10:07:00 PM ---There was one  xerox copy of one photograph erroneously released by the state to the media yesterday. It was a photo taken within minutes of the shooting, at the scene, by a neighbor.

Trayvon Martin's parents, nonetheless, gave a statement to the media today, calling the photo an "autopsy photo" and saying more than one photo was accidentally released. Neither statement is true.

Again: One xerox copy of a cell phone photo was released, it was not an autopsy photo and  there was no release of multiple photos.

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How could they get this so wrong?  I am still trying to get over that a 76 page email was a mistake.

Cylinder:

--- Quote from: unitron on August 11, 2012, 02:58:27 AM ---Have you considered that your wording makes it sound as though you are not saying "The Martin family is mistaken, or has been misinformed", but rather as though you are saying "The Martin family is lying"?
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Why? That the statement is not true is a neutral statement of fact. It neither assigns the motive of mistake or deception to the statement. It does characterize the truthfulness. Which word or phrase would your style guide assign?

Lousy1:

--- Quote from: Cylinder on August 11, 2012, 05:51:02 AM ---Why? That the statement is not true is a neutral statement of fact. It neither assigns the motive of mistake or deception to the statement. It does characterize the truthfulness. Which word or phrase would your style guide assign?

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.The gist of the statement was a simple thanks to media outlets for not publishing a post mortem photo.
It was not handled artfully, but I don't see a motive for the Martins to be purposely innacurate.

Cylinder:

--- Quote from: Lousy1 on August 11, 2012, 06:03:17 AM ---.The gist of the statement was a simple thanks to media outlets for not publishing a post mortem photo. It was not handled artfully, but I don't see a motive for the Martins to be purposely innacurate.
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The motive behind the deception is of little interest to me. The conspiracy (deliberate or accidental) by groups of people to stoke the flames of civil unrest in a effort to deny a person's rights is, in itself, enough motivation to pay careful attention to assertions and correct the record. Spreading the truth is a good thing.

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