This is what you get when you constantly report criminal sentencing with half-truths and misrepresentations. When you exaggerate what the offender has actually done. When you always downplay the jail time by deducting time served and possible parole period. When you report aggravating factors but not mitigating factors, and exclude the parts of a judge’s sentencing remarks that explain how they’ve arrived at a sentence.
When you do that day in, day out, week in, week out, year in, year out – is it any wonder that your readers become an ill-informed, ranting mob with a serious hatred of judges and anyone who works in the justice system? Seriously – read the comments. The anger. The abuse. The threats of violence.
Is the Hun embarrassed by this? Not at all! On the contrary, they’re PROUD of the torch-wielding mob they’ve created. They’ll just write another editorial demanding that Hulls act on the “public dissatisfaction” or even “outrage” they’ve cynically confected.
They really are shameless.
AND BY THE WAY: The meme that judges are “soft” on criminals is a myth. Sentences are increasing. And when members of the public actually are informed of the details of a case, they tend to be less harsh than real judges.
Show that to a Hun reader though, after they’ve spent years absorbing the meme, and it might make their head explode.
UPDATE 16/7: I have lost the original link at the start of this post, which was to a news.com.au story where they admitted the public consistently underestimated the sentences that were actually being handed out. If anyone still has that link, please email me. It was similar to this one, only more recent and reported by News Ltd.