Bristol Post and the “RESPECTED family man”
The Bristol Post excels itself in victim blaming in this story of a man who is stabbed, by a “RESPECTED family man”. Why was the need for 'respected' to be in capitals? It quite clearly seems to be that the journalist is expressing his personal feelings towards the case.
The second line is a despicable display of of accusing anyone but the offender and justifying the offender's behaviour. “The horrified” (and quite possibly, now traumatised) “onlookers did not know the background – and the trigger – that led Mr Barrow to pull out the knife and use it”. The journalist writing this obviously feels that the background is a justification.
Nothing can justify this evidently planned behaviour. Someone's (in particular a man's) sexual prowess being questioned, is no excuse, for any type of assault. This article's whole approach appears to be a moral judgement on the woman, (with very little mention of the man who was assaulted and injured).
But RESPECTED family men, don't go out into shopping centres on Saturdays , where children and young people are often present and draw a knife on a man walking away from an argument – the article fails to address this.
Yes the accused man may have lost everything, but everything he lost was down to his behaviour, and a journalist who sympathises and seeks to blame a woman or her partner for a viscous assault needs to take responsibility for inaccurate, biased reporting. The journalist and editor responsible for this article appearing the way it does, should be thoroughly ashamed.Download this post as PDF? Click here