Just after 7 PM (4 PM PT), right when the orders were given to deploy the "burners," the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Cindy Bachman hastily gathered reporters for an impromptu press conference. Claiming to know nothing new, she told reporters that she had no idea why the cabin was on fire, or who started the fire. ...
Around the same time, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department requested that all reporters and media organizations stop tweeting about the ongoing standoff with Dorner, claiming their journalism was "hindering officer safety." As the cabin sheltering Dorner burned, the local CBS affiliate was reportedly told by law enforcement to zoom its helicopter camera out to avoid showing the actions of sheriff's deputies. By all accounts, the media acceded to police pressure for self-censorship.
On Twitter, the Riverside Press Enterprise, a leading local newspaper, announced on Twitter, "Law enforcement asked media to stop tweeting about the#Dorner case, fearing officer safety. We are complying." The paper's editors added, "We are going to tweet broad, non-tactical details, as per the San Bernardino DA's request."
The PE editorial writes:
The public focus should not be on Dorner, however, but on those who stopped him.
Yes, focus not on Dorner but on potential police misconduct (that's not what you mean??), but also on yourselves, the mass media. Why are you still protecting the cops? Why are you still pretending the police did not deliberately set fire to Dorner's cabin? Yeah, of course some of the cops probably were heroes, but why now the sweeping hero worship when so many were apparent incompetents and criminals in the tragic and tragi-comic pursuit of Dorner?
The PE goes on:
Whatever the faults of police or "the system," there is no justification for vigilante bloodshed.
But the fault of the police is exactly that, vigilantism. Dorner, who was a veteran police officer, became a vigilante, and so did the police who apparently decided to kill him. But the PE editorial ignores that completely -- its entire description of how Dorner died is "Dorner met a violent end in Big Bear on Tuesday ..." What, no protagonist? It's the Fourth Estate's function to tell the public how he died and who caused it.
Oh hell, Dave says it better, in the PE editorial's comment section:
Dave Hoover · Top Commenter
Where's the EDITORIAL on the blatant cover up regarding the 'burn plan' huh? What about telling the truth, and how it is the duty of JOURNALISTS to investigate and REPORT what they find when they find it? No columns on that huh? No polls or commentaries other than that which helps tear down what is left of our civil rights! 'But civil society cannot forgive the settling of slights by the lawless - regardless of whether the killer had any legitimate grievances.' - this HOLDS TRUE FOR THE POLICE AS WELL!!
We have a widespread and serious problem, and it is violent, vigilante, out of control police. This could not be put any more glaringly on display than during the pursuit of Dorner. Why is the mass media covering its eyes and taping its mouths shut?