On the morning of July 27, 1996, the summer Olympics were taking part in Atlanta.
A bomb went off in centennial park injuring many and killing two civilians. Before the explosion went off a former sheriff’s deputy named Richard Jewell discovered the pipe bomb in a backpack. He acted by helping the crowd evacuate the area.
He was praised by many and even called a hero. His name was in several newspapers, and he conducted interviews, but all this would turn 180 degrees as his name started to surface. The president of a college where Richard Jewell worked security called the FBI to inform them that he had concerns about him.
Further investigation on Jewells it brought up the matter that he might have set the whole thing up to look like a hero. The entire study was kept quiet so that the media wouldn’t blow up the investigation on Richard Jewells. A law officer then spilled Richard Jewell’s name to a reporter and this through off track the research and messed up the time grid on how much time they had to investigate Richard Jewell before his name was out.
The FBI decided to bring Jewells into the office to what they told him would be a part of a “first responders training video.” During this meeting, FBI officials were conducted to stop the interview and warn him of his rights. Jewells then called his lawyer friend who let him know he was on the front page. The leak of Richard Jewell’s name negatively changed his life as he was sucked into a media frenzy. Reporters surrounded his home and him trying to get him to spill answers. The media knew he was just under investigation. They still plastered him as if he was found guilty of committing the crime. He went from a hero in the media to being accused of being the mastermind beings the actions in just a short fraction of the time.
These events hurt his image; he was not able to find work, so his source of income came from a telephone hotline. His name was cleared from any suspicion two months later, and Richard Jewells decided to act. He took legal actions against several news companies for hurting his image. He won against many news companies for unknown amounts of money.
Richard Jewell later stated that the media made his life a nightmare for 88 days and that the press hurt not only his feelings but his mothers. Should the media be responsible for destroying someone’s life? I think it depends on the situation. If the news is reporting facts on the person and that hurts the person mage then, no, the media should not be responsible. On the other hand, if the press starts to state lies and that negatively affects your life then yes, the media should be held accountable. If a news outlet is held responsible for destroying someone’s life, then they should publicly apologize for their mistakes and pay for any financial problems they caused the person and for defamation.
The Olympic bomber was a man named Eric Rudolph. He pled guilty more than a decade later. Eric Rudolph was a Cristian and was anti-abortion. He called the results a disaster and did not intend to hurt innocent civilians. He wanted to take the opportunity to knock out Atlanta’s power and shut down the Olympics as a chance to shame the united states for passing a bill that would legalize abortion. The 1996 summer Olympics were taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. One morning a man named Richard Jewell discovered a bomb that would negatively change his life.
Richard Jewell was accused of setting the explosives, the media plastered his image and accused him of committing the crime. He was found innocent and wanted the press to pay. A decade later the suspect of the act would be found. He tried to shame America but instead hurt innocent civilians and Richard Jewell. The media, in my opinion, should be accountable for defamation if they state lies.