Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Maslow Redux?

Why is this man smiling?
                                    Wayne K. Roustan
  The following is a story published on the front page of today's South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
   San's Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, how and why is this story relevant to and newsworthy for the average citizen of South Florida?
   You decide. 

Man abuses boy on ship, officials say
                 by Wayne K. Roustan
   A man attacked a 13-year-old boy aboard a cruise ship after the teen made crude sexual comments to the man's niece, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.
   The trouble began Thursday, the boy told investigators, when he offered the girl a "key chain to her virginity" while hanging out with her and some friends, the report stated.
   The girl's father made the boy apologize, according to the report.
   But her uncle, Arturo Martinez, Jr., 30, of Toledo, Ohio, confronted and beat the boy, whose identity wasn't released, at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the library of the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas cruise ship, according to the arrest report.

   He yelled at the boy for several minutes, pinned him against a wall, and held his arms over his shoulders to prevent him from leaving, detectives said the the teen, told investigators.
  Martinez also took off his own shirt, the boy said, as if preparing to fight. He then grabbed the boy by the throat and forced the boy face down onto a couch, investigators said.
  "This will never happen again!" Martinez yelled, according to the arrest report.
   Martinez then pulled down his own pants and ordered the boy to pull down his pants, and the boy complied, the report said. Both still had their underwear on.

   It seems a tad difficult to relate the above reporting to Journalism as the fourth element in a system of checks and balances established under provisions of the first Amendment to United States Constitution.
   Especially the part where the kid and his uncle strip down to their skivvies.
    However, Front Page News of this sort sure as hell nails every level of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

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