December 02, 2007

Megan Meier - The Media's Hypocritical Cover - Up

Dardenne Prairie, Mo (The Weekly Vice) - The Megan Meier Tragedy has sparked an activist culture of those who vehemently demand justice for Megan Meier to anyone and everyone who will listen.

Via countless blogs, city official telephones and even Lori Drew's own home, the message is coming through loud and clear. Something about this story has compelled many to take to the Internet and express their views strongly and often.

Now, a counter-culture is beginning to emerge to combat what seems to many to be a pretty straight forward issue. Small groups are beginning to push back against the tide of people who are looking for heads to roll in the Megan Meier case. Some who feel that the outing of Lori Drew perhaps went too far.

The naming of Lori Drew has sparked quite a debate indeed. Some major news services have chosen to name the perpetrator(s) behind this story such as the New York Times . Others have chosen not to. They all agree fairly conclusively that the blogging community should shoulder the 'blame' for revealing the name of the adult stalker who lured Megan into the downward spiral that inevitably claimed her life.

The only question I have in this debate is simple. What is new here? Since before the French Revolution, the media has been used to 'out' individuals who's actions seem to bear public relevancy in some way. Turn on any cable news channel and simply wait. It will be a matter of minutes before some poor soul's identity churns through the 24 hour news cycle until the story reaches it's saturation limit.

Although Lori Drew has not been charged in the case of Megan Meier, the media has never required formal charges to be made before running a story. Sometimes journalist like Dan Rather, run with stories before even confirming that they're true.

Media establishments who have chosen to NOT reveal Lori Drew's identity say they are doing so to protect the identity of the Drew's children.

I'm wondering if by doing this, the media plans to always withhold the names of interesting persons who outrage the community, if those persons have children. This would certainly be quite a ground-breaking event.

The media would have to reverse dozens of stories it is now airing, where the subject in the story has not yet been charged with a crime. Media outlets would have to completely rewrite it's entire objective of "bringing you the story first" to "bringing you the story only if the perpetrator has no children."

The media has earned it's reputation as the "drive by media" for a reason. It thoughtlessly reveals the names of anyone it deems newsworthy on almost every subject, in it's relentless bid to get the 'exclusive rights' to a story or simply gain market share.

Right at this moment, there is a story of a cop who is under investigation in the strange death of one wife and the disappearance of another. The cop in the story has a family. He has not yet been charged with any crime, yet the media has divulged his name and occupation for weeks. Visit the man's home and you'll see a media caravan that stretches on for blocks. Does his family deserve any less respect than Lori Drew's?

The Vice could go back and list thousands of stories where the media felt no shame in delivering the names and occupations of individuals that were later exonerated of any wrong-doing. The vice is aware of no instance where the same media later apologized to the family who it unfairly plastered across every screen and newspaper in the country. They simply dropped the story like a hot potato and grabbed the next name that promised higher ratings..

Don Henley's 1980's pop hit "Dirty Laundry" certainly nails it on the head rather well I think. The hypocrisy here is so well documented over decades of story telling, that simply opening tomorrow's newspaper easily confirms the silliness of it.

The Vice has concluded that naming Lori Drew was legitimate news. She is a primary subject of the story, is not a rape victim, and is not a minor. Identifying her breaks no new ground, nor does it deviate from what news outlets do on a daily basis.

The Vice also reminds readers that her name and her role in the Megan Meier tragedy were documented as public record. A public record that Lori filed on her own accord. This is a critically important fact in this case.

News outlets, bloggers and the general public were handed Lori's name and Lori's own self admissions when she herself filed that police report and sought to elevate the severity of the situation that had developed between her and the Meier family.

Had Lori Drew simply acknowledged what she did was wrong, and apologized - the police report that identified her may have never been filed, and the entire situation may have well been kept at the lowest profile.

The real story here may not even be about Megan Meier. It may simply be another example of why the Golden Rule has endured the many years it's been repeated. Do unto others, as you'd have them do unto you.

Will we see the media write about this? Not likely, it has new stories and new names to broadcast, that can't wait. photo credit CNN

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice


Sigmund, Carl and Alfred said...

This is an interesting angle- and more than a bit disturbing.

Yet more media agendas.

Danny Vice said...

Sigmund, would you see any part of the post that is untrue? I do not usually comment much in terms of angles, as I do admitted or documented facts - and my take on them.

Feel free to challenge anything I say

Liz Ditz said...

The Vice has concluded that naming Lori Drew was legitimate news. She is a primary subject of the story, is not a rape victim, and is not a minor. Identifying her breaks no new ground, nor does it deviate from what news outlets do on a daily basis.

Mr. Vice, I agree with you. What I don't agree with is vigilantism--people taking the law into their own hands, as has happened to some extent in this case.

Outing Not Just Ms. Drew, but the rest of her circle

Wells published only Lori Drew's name, but her readers and other bloggers followed by finding and posting her husband's name, the family's address and phone number, a cellphone number, the name of the family's advertising company, and the names and phone numbers of clients with whom they worked.

I want to live in a society of the rule of law, not of men -- the classical liberal ideal.

A Little Revolution said...

Thanks for visiting my page. As you mentioned there Lori Drew's behavior followed that of a sex offender. She ought to be charged under the child predator laws and be put on her state's registry.

For the future, any states whose laws do not make such action possible ought to amend the laws and registries to be child predator registries, not just sex offender registries.

It's like saying someone who kidnaps little kids, not for sexual reasons, isn't a predator. They still are a predator.

I hadn't read the police report where Lori Drew acknowledged the sexual nature of the relationship until tonight. Thanks for the link.

That seals her fate as far as I am concerned; charge her as with as many sex crimes as a prosecutor can find and then let a jury handle it from there!

I'm sure I'll be back to your site. Thanks again for the visit.

Tulah Cramer said...

I am so impressed with all of your comments on the Megan Meier case, and hope that your thoughts get more attention than the jr. high debate class points of papers like the RiverFront Times--
I share your worries about "harassment" laws-- which will surely get used against citizens who write to protest things like the behavior of the St. Charles Prosecutor's office...

Bet's On said...

"I want to live in a society of the rule of law, not of men -- the classical liberal ideal."

Vigilantism is a result of perceived injustices by society.

Consider, for a moment, what would happen if rape were legal - do you think friends and family of the victim would simply say, "Oh, there is no law for it, so we must lay down our hands and do nothing" -- do you, really, truly believe this is how the human heart works?

Laws exist to enforce the beliefs of society. When the rule of law does not, then this leads to the sort of vigilantism you're witnessing here -- society as an orgasm trying to expel its undesirable elements.

Simply put, the Drew family is a cancer -- and since the "the law" isn't willing to deal with them, "the people" are.

FIGHTER2 said...

Danny is right on. The media is rushing to sensationalize a national disgrace and a massive failure of the law in order to get ratings.

Some of us have even been publicly bashed but that's fine - because we just heard from a Family Legal Defense fund rep. who is contacting the Meier family because of blogs like this one to see what they can do.

And to the best of our knowledge - Lori Drew still sits on her derriere 4 doors down from Megan's home. Remorseless and unaccountable.

Robocop said...

Media bias will always be a reality. This habit is also very selective.

Again, I commend you for your cause for justice.

Voices For Megan Meier said...

Liz Ditz and others,

I had reviewed the police report again and if you notice the one concerning the brick through the window happened way before the bloggers outed her. The report in Lori's handwriting was dated Dec 9th 2006.

For those who would like to post well wishes for the Meier Family or if you knew Mehan leave a message at:

Danny Vice said...


Thank you for your compliments... Unfortunately our argument does start at the grass roots level because the elected officials at the top aren't listening very well.

Believe me, the prosecutor's office and many other official's offices are receiving hundreds if not thousands of telephone calls.


I agree with you to a certain point. We do not agree with any activity that breaks the law. We aren't condoning that any of the Drew's rights be violated.

I would imagine that if at some point a law is broken, the city will prosecute.

In regards to the posting of names and addresses - keep in mind that Lori Drew published this information herself when she filed a public record about the situation.

This fact often get's missed, however it is a critical point to be considered.

By filing a police report about the foosball table, Lori elevated the situation and cast the entire dispute into the public forum.

Without her written omissions in that police report, it's highly likely this case would have never risen to the level it has.

I have a difficult time being empathetic to any person who has the mental go-ahead to file charges upon a family who has just lost it's child. When we find out that this child was lost due in part to the person who has filed charges, we get into a whole new aspect of astonishment.

Society has every right to identify a person who is capable of this kind of disregard of human life.

Bradley Grover said...

Don Henley, the most pompous man in rock history. Dirty Laundry - bad title but good song, lyrics still true

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