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MIRS to Law Enforcement: What's your take on media?

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LANSING (WTVB) - The tension between a news media that wants to know everything and law enforcement agencies that want to keep a lid on too much information getting out has historically created a tension at times between the two professions. So given a chance in a recent seminar, the MIRS News Agency says some 31 officers were asked to vent with one sentence on this question: "What is your attitude about the media?" Several officers felt that both entities needed each other. One wrote, "It's a necessary evil, but needed." Another noted the "love-hate relationship" while a third offered, "The media can be a tool for my department . . . We must develop a relationship." Those were the most positive responses compared to what follows.  MIRS said several complained about reporter accuracy. "They never get the full story out," or "They report the story before the full story is out" and "They only report what they want to hear."Others worried about the media's dedication to ferreting out the truth. They conclude the reporters are more concerned with "selling the story" and getting "ratings."  Out of the 31 responding to the question, MIRS reported only three were positive in nature and said two were not exactly positive:  "A wonderful bunch of people. LOL" and, "They are a bunch of perverts."

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