Saturday, January 12, 2019

An Opportunity to Look at The Rest of a Story

Good Day World!

One of my heroes in journalism is Paul Harvey. 

If you ever heard his famous "Rest of the Story" broadcasts you'll understand.

He told us about stories that the mainstream media didn't always bother with.

 You felt like an insider as he carefully laid out the details of a story. 

Note: He was into the truth. Something a lot of so-called journalists today seem to slough off in favor of a hot story.

In his honor, I've selected one current news items Paul would have found worthy of telling.

A group calling itself the National Police Association (NPA) has been getting a lot of headlines lately. That sounds like a good thing right?

Not so fast. The NPA isn't what it's name implies. It is not comprised of any police officers - unlike the very legitimate National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).

As a matter of fact it's a small non-profit. So forget the national part from the get go. IRS records (online) show it was first incorporated in the State of Delaware in 2017. Then it registered as a foreign corporation in Indiana. The address is simply a mailbox.

There's only three board members. None are ex-cops or have police connections. I know that because their website doesn't have a hint of police experience highlighting members accomplishments - which most associations love to point out.

So what's up with that?

So what is this odd groups mission? Based upon newspaper headlines the last two years it appears to be a platform to attack political figures.

Here's what's important to know; this tiny little group has support from numerous right wing groups including White Supremacists.

Be alert to the fact that there are a lot of scam sites using names similar to legitimate police organizations. I gave one an example above - NPA and NAPO.

It turns out that the NPA is just another arm of the self-benefiting criminal justice lobby that perpetrates fear through deliberate mischaracterizations of crime.

As Paul Harvey always said in conclusion, "And that's the rest of the story."

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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