How stories get started...
- Recently, we discussed Bailey's use of a story about a wedding, at which
the groom was accidently shot (I have temporarily misplaced the story, or
I'd quote it.) It was said that the community, rather than telling the
police that "Mr. X shot Mr. Y," first formulated a version that "Mr. X held
a rifle. He lowered it. It discharged, killing Mr. Y," the intent evidently
being to exonerate Mr. X.
Tonight while watching CNN, a headline bar scrolled across the bottom of
the screen to the effect that a child picked up his father's loaded gun--
and then that "it" fired, killing his father, the intent evidently being to
avoid blaming the child for shooting his father.
[But USA Today is not so delicate:
>Rookie cop killed by 3-year-oldThe link is supposed to be
>Officer's son grabbed gun from kitchen table and shot his father.
but I get a loading error when I try to go there. I can't find a link on
CNN.com for this story.]