A Hero Dies

Richard Jewell, the hero who saved many lives when Eric Rudolph bombed the Atlanta Olympics, has died. But that’s not how he’s remembered by the meda. AP says, “Former security guard Jewell dies.” CNN says, “One-time Olympic Park Bombing Suspect Dies.” Atlanta newspaper says, “Richard Jewell found dead in home: Olympic security guard suspected but cleared in bombing.”

The best any of them can say is,

Jewell was initially lauded as a hero after a bomb went off at the July 27, 1996, Olympic celebration. He called attention to the suspicious knapsack that held a bomb and helped evacuate the area.

“Initially”? Why not now? The guy did what he did. The later dragging him through the mud by media and police doesn’t changed it. He saw something suspicious, he evacuated the area. He acted quickly and saved countless lives. That makes him a hero. Remember that, not what the media did to him.

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  1. I was amazed when the bombing suspicions turned toward Jewell. I kept listening to the news hoping to hear that the authorities were going by more than just the most tenuous circumstantial and profiling evidence. When he was cleared, it was doubly sad to see that the media did not restore his hero status, but persisted in making Jewell the butt of jokes.

    R.I.P, Richard Jewell.

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