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Letters: Media report in real time, as they should

A Richmond News reader has some very pointed opinions on how mainstream media are reporting factual information
Kamloops residential school
The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Federal New Democrats are calling for an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Dear Editor,

Re: Facts amiss in Kamloops, Letters, June 24

News media is not an academic journal nor is it a government commission.

To ask of the news media not to “speculate or make assumptions” is to ask them not to print at all. There are many instances before where the news media has produced articles based on the assumptions of experts called to testify or its own editorial assumptions.

Breaking news should not be and is not a historical review, that would not be timely and therefore not new.

Should the various news media outlets NOT report on 9/11 or the recent assassination of the president of Haiti as it is occurring despite having scanty details about those events?

Should the news media wait for and ponder all the facts when there are currently many competing narratives and facts.

In the study of history, historians use “factual and counter-factual information” because there are competing interests to create different narratives.

There simply IS no one set of facts!

Alvin Lee