DI LEO: JUDGING A BOOK BY ITS COVER IS MORE DANGEROUS THAN EVER

Illinois Review | 2/14/2018 | Staff
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Among the first truisms we learn as children is the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Good advice, any way you look at it. Antique dealers, realtors, food critics, and a thousand other professions will attest to the fact that the contents are often either much better or much worse than a product’s first appearance.

The newspaper business, however, was supposed to be an exception to this rule. Traditionally, a headline was a pull quote or summary statement about one of the key elements in an article, so a headline should give the reader a good idea of what its article would be about.

Age - Media - Bias

In the age of media bias, unfortunately, this is no longer true.

Speaking to the National Sheriffs Association on February 12, Attorney General Jeff Sessions mentioned that "since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people's protector who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the election process. The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement."

Glance - Anyone - Politics - Level - Compliment

Now, on first glance, anyone who follows politics knows that this is, on its most basic level, a standard compliment to one’s audience by a politician. Whether you’re speaking to an audience of doctors, teachers, engineers or entrepreneurs, you always try to compliment them as a group. Whatever your political differences may be, you mention that you respect their career choice as important to society. On that level, there’s nothing in the statement that anyone could argue with.

To study the content a bit, one can find a bit more depth that is indeed worth considering. Most countries - even those that elect their representatives – don’t elect people in law enforcement. Police commissioners and carabinieri are normally appointed by other elected officials, like mayors and governors. But we...
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