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December 2 2007

Sensationalist Journalism At Its Finest

Emily SanderThe media never ceases to amaze me.

Emily Sander was a 18- year old student at Butler Community College in Kansas who went missing. She has unfortunately been found, murdered. The man suspected of killing her, Israel Mireles, is on the run with his girlfriend who is seven months pregnant.

In the course of this investigation, it was discovered the Emily went by the name Zoey Zane on Internet porn sites, and was an adult model. Her family was unaware of this, and sadly had to learn of this fact this way.

And this is where my beef with the media comes in to play. In a news piece from the 28th, about her autopsy which has confirmed her identity, I stumbled across this gem of a paragraph:

Sander’s case drew wide attention after it was revealed that she appeared on a popular adult Web site under the name Zoey Zane. In some photographs, she appears merely scantily clad in lingerie or cowgirl outfits. Other pictures, some of which require viewers to pay for, are more explicit, showing her nude, fondling herself and posing with other women.

Where do I even begin?  Why was this much detail necessary?  It wasn’t.  They couldn’t have just said “Also known as Zoey Zane, the name she used for her online adult modeling, Ms. Sander…”  But, no, “sex sells”, so they felt the need to include description that in no way aids in the hunt for the killer, and does nothing but to make things rougher for an already grieving family.

This story is about a woman whose life was tragically ended, and the hunt for the man the police suspect of doing it.  This detailed information of what she did for money is just sensationalist and irresponsible.  Get your focus back where it belongs and stop trying to draw in people for the wrong reasons.

If you would like to read more information, you can visit her former website at ZoeyZane.com, it is 100% work safe and is completely dedicated to finding Mr. Mireles.



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  • Ugh. I’m so sick of this news story and I totally agree with you on this. I’m sick of hearing about it on the news. I hate it when they take stories and run with them. Sometimes when I’m working my own cases and hear what they are reporting, it’s not even factually correct. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case here, too. And also… who was the person who paid to see those pictures? You think that’s an acceptable use of petty cash? Have some respect for those who have died tragically before their time.