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Friday
Jun142013

Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak Week Day 3:Reuters Responds - Share Your Responses

Thanks to everyone for pitching in during Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak Week. I wanted to do more than complain about why the news media was ignoring her case. One Monday, you helped to compile a list of media outlets who have covered similar cases. One Wednesday, we published the list of contacts you compiled and today, we want you to share the responses you received. 

One reader has already sent in the response they received from Reuters:

 Every reply that I received thus far was from an auto-generated reply system except for the one I received from Reuters which I will list below. -WAOD Treader TrulyPC

Hi,
Your comments were forwarded to me. I appreciate your interest in the decision-making process regarding our trial news coverage. News coverage involves many choices. Many critics complain that too many news stories are insignificant. Editors reply that readers want to be entertained as well as informed. Some choices are determined by geography. Reuters, as a large international news organization, will make different decisions than a local U.S. newspaper.
Because two trials are happening at the same time doesn't mean that both would be of equal interest to readers -- at least in the eyes of editors, who decide what stories Reuters covers.  While there are many factors to consider -- what sort of crime, what were the crime's details -- a big part of what makes a trial of interest to readers is whether there is doubt about the outcome. Consider the O.J. Simpson trial. The murders of Sgt. Pietrzak and his wife five years ago are tragic, but the outcome of the trial of their killers was not unexpected. On the other hand, the controversy over the Trayvon Martin case has indicated there is wide interest in what will take place in the courtroom, and there appears to be no consensus on how the trial will end.

Sometimes editors make mistakes, and sometimes worthy stories go uncovered. Even the best staffed news organizations do not have enough people to cover as many stories as they'd like.
It is obvious that many people disagree with many of the choices that news organizations make. They certainly have the ability to seek out the coverage they're interested in at the many alternative news sources online.  Thank you for taking the time to write, and thank you for visiting Reuters.com.

Sincerely,

Brian Moss
Ethics and Standards
Thomson Reuters

Thanks for sharing. Feel free to leave the responses you received in the comments section or use the contact form to email them to me. 

WAOD readers ROCK!

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun122013

Reporters Who SHOULD have Covered Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, but Didn't: Day Two

It is Day 2 of Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak Week here on What About Our Daughters. In 2008, four marines raped, tortured and killed Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and her husband Sgt. Jan Pietrzak. That alone should have made her crime noteworthy. But in addition to the brutal manner in which she died, her husband was the commanding officer of her killers. We're merely asking why news outlets have decided to ignore this story for five years.

On Monday I asked readers to help identify reporters who have written about similar cases such as high profile crimes or other military crimes. 

Here is a live spreadsheet of reader submissions identifying reporters who probably SHOULD have covered this story, but didn't. 

If you don't know what to write to the reporter or outlet, here is a sample off the top of my head:

 

I read your article about XYZ. Are you aware of the trial of four Camp Pendleton Marines who murdered their superior officer, Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, along with torturing and killing his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak,  execution style? The case has been ongoing for five years. This case seems as significant as the this one your wrote on XYZ. Can you explain the decisiong-making process that went into covering XYZ while not covering the brutal murder of an officer by his subordinates and the rape, torture and killing of his wife on U.S. soil? 

 

Than you for your participation. 

 

Monday
Jun102013

WHY? Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak Week - Day #1 Identifying Immorally Indifferent Reporters 

In 2008, four marines raped, tortured and killed Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and her husband Sgt. Jan Pietrzak. That alone should have made her crime noteworthy. But in addition to the brutal manner in which she died, her husband was the commanding officer of her killers. We're merely asking why news outlets have decided to ignore this story for five years.

Today and tomorrow, I'm asking you to Google widely-reported crimes and stories about the military and find out who the reporters are that covered those stories for national news outlets. On Wednesday, we'll publish your findings and ask your fellow readers to contact these reporters and ask WHY? Why haven't you covered this Quiana Jenkins-Perkins' case?

If you need help with Google terms here are a few: "Jody Arias," "Trayvon Martin," "George Zimmerman," "Paula Broadwell," "David Petraeus," "Military sexual assault," "Amanda Knox". You can perform a specialized search of news stories by using news.google.com.

Please use this form to identify reporters and outlets who have covered same or similar stories. On Wednesday we'll publish the list. 

This is a post for folks who want to show up as opposed to SHOW OUT. So the comments are closed. I hope that you take part in this crowdsourcing project, and you will do it in the dignified manner in which Mrs. Jenkins-Pietrzak apparently lived her life. 

I'm a Black woman who buys, shampoo, lip gloss, cars, clothing, food, cleaning supplies and all of the products goods and services of advertisers who pro

vide the revenue to keep newspapers, magazines, and television networks in business. My life is just as valuable as any other human being. I AM QUIANA JENKINS-PIETRZAK and I want to know why my life doesn't matter to these news organizations. 

 

Friday
Jun072013

GUILTY! Three Marines Who Raped Tortured and Killed Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and Sgt. Jan Pietrzak in OBVIOUS Hate Crime

Three of the four Marines who raped tortured and killed Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak and her husband Sgt. Jan Pietrzak have been convicted. We first covered this horrific crime back in 2008. The national media keeps ignoring the case and the local media keeps ignoring the fact that this attack on this couple was not about a robbery, but race and the killers' resentment of an interracial marriage. 

View more videos at: http://nbcsandiego.com.

 

Here is a quote from the Wedding Officiant who married Jan and Quiana:

I'm so happy to see justice served. I had the honor of performing the Wedding Ceremony for Jan and Quiana. She was elegance and grace personified, and he adored her. I'll never forget the passage she asked me to read that began, "From every human being, there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls are destined to find each other, their two streams of light flow together and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being." 

Previous Coverage:

Trial for the Murderers of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his Wife Quiana-National Media Still Ignoring Case 

 Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak Raped and Slaughtered By Her Marine Husband's Men- They Bragged on MySpace About It.

Feel free to contact CNN, the Associated Press, MSNBC, Headline News ( Especially Nancy Grace), the Grio, The Root and all the other usual suspects and ask them why they didn't cover a crime of four Marines executing a superior officer? Why isn't this newsworthy? Is it the race of the attackers or the race of the victim?

Friday
May312013

Trial for the Murderers of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak and his Wife Quiana-National Media Still Ignoring Case 

When I first heard that this poor Black woman, Quiana Pietrzak was brutally raped and murdered by four Black marines was married to their White supervisor, I KNEW that this was probably a hate crime. If you want to see some RAGE from SOME Black people- put a Black woman in a happy relationship with a non-Black man in front of them. Now to those of you who don't feel that way, I'm not talking about YOU. But let's not act as if far too many members of the Black community view Black women as community property and want to dictate every aspect of their lives, especially who they are allowed to date and married. 

We started writing about this case in 2008 - > Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak Raped and Slaughtered By Her Marine Husband's Men- They Bragged on MySpace About It. Here is what the prosecutor said during opening statements:

"Profit was part of it. But was this really just about dollars and cents?" he said. "No. This was about having the power to see the fear in somebody's eyes. It's about taking pleasure in the sexual humiliation of a woman and tormenting her husband by making him watch." 

DeLimon quoted one of the defendants as referring to the 90-minute ransacking of the victims' property and abuse of the couple as "party time." 

"The extent to which they could prolong the suffering of this husband and wife, married for just 68 days, was limited only by the defendants' sadistic creativity," the prosecutor said. Source

 A hate crime designation won't actually increase the potential sentence, but why the journalists covering this case don't want to address that aspect of the case is bizarre. And why hasn't this case and the trial gotten MAJOR media attention- four marines kill their commanding officer  and his wife on US soil? That's a story! CNN force fed us the Jodi Arias case for what seemed like forever on all of their platforms and I can't find one story on their site about this case. 

Quiana was killed while writing thank you notes from their wedding. They looked so happy

Y'all know that if Quiana Pietrzak had been a White woman, this would be on Nancy Grace in constant rotation.