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University of Toronto Scarborough
Marc A Fournier

MDSA01 MEDIA Assignment ‘Wrong Killer Shown Mercy’ By Jeongho Joo For Michael petit Student number: 996987159 Date: OCT.12.2012 Rosie Dimanno, the author of the article ‘Wrong Killer Shown Mercy’ is an astute journalist for the Toronto Star, with a flair for the dramatic, and more than oft she either pushes the wrong buttons with some and encourages thought in others-there does not seem to be a grey area with her. Were I a first time reader, I might have taken issue with what appears to be her lack of: understanding of cultural differences and causes in ‘understanding the underlying factors and root causes of social problems’; ‘biased toward the narrative… and sense of closure; ‘fragmentation and isolation of events with little in the way of rationale’, and ‘laying the blame on thick aimed at law makers who have shown partiality.’ In fact, any of these would be enough to write her email and set her straight, and then again, maybe not. True enough, there are points of contention that ‘We’ differ on such as her bias, inability to distinguish between apples and oranges, stubborn perception that American and Canada is perceived as one country with the same laws and traditions that have fostered behavior and jurisprudence. All that aside, Rosie has done a masterful job in convincing, no, persuading the reader that the ‘worse of the two killers’ presented, Omar Khadr and Lee Malvo, are one and the same person, groomed to kill people, but having spent the majority of the article extolling Lee Malvo, the homebrew, she wants the readers to believe that Khadr, represents ‘justice denied’ in Canada-hardly perceptive, hardly fair. Rosie’s article is certainly people-centered focusing on ‘A Tale of Two Countries’ sniper Lee Malvo, and American killer and his counterpart, Afghan-Canadian Omar Khadr, both captured and jailed, one for obedience to a disturbed father and the other, trying to kill invaders to his country. While Malvo is quoted for his part on the killings and subsequent contrition, little is given to the ‘Arab’ who at a tender age was arrested after killing an occupying soldier, detained, transported to a concentration camp like jail in Cuba, Deprived any legal jurisprudence for ten years, and finally about to be sent back to Canada and Freedom. The journalist sees little fairness given to the American when the Canadian is about to be set free because the legal system in both countries is different. Of course, very little is given to the understanding of the brainwashing this young Canadian may have been subjected to under the tutelage of the Al-Qaida, only the fact that the American serial killer had shown remorse and likes to draw pictures. All this from afar but it seems her experience in Afghanistan has coloured her viewpoint for one, “I spent too much time on the ground, … in Afghanistan… to ever permit compassion”, while for the other she cites, “I felt pity for him in way I… have never felt for Khadr.” The Drama that she paints the article is past shocking as she weighs her passion for one while denigrating the other, for she sees closure in Malvo’s case based on remorse, “I was a monster…a ghoul… no rhyme of reason’ for having adopted the role for the Beltway Sniper, terrorizing America for weeks with blood and murder. The reader follows the American as he confesses his crimes and takes responsibility with tales of a deprived home
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