Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Richard Jewell dies

According to CNN, Richard Jewell has died of natural causes. Jewell, if you remember, was the security guard who found the bomb in Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics. He was first hailed as a hero for moving the crowd away from the bomb and later falsely accused by the FBI and the media for planting it; nutjob Eric Rudolph actually committed the crime. Jewell's life was made a living hell for months, and affixed him with a false stigma that even now he cannot shake, as evidenced by the CNN article's first sentence:
Richard Jewell, the security guard wrongly suspected of setting off a deadly bomb at Atlanta, Georgia's Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Olympics, has died, his attorney, Lin Wood, told CNN on Wednesday.
In a just world (which this decidedly is not), that sentence should read:
Richard Jewell, who saved many lives from being painfully lost in an explosion, has died of natural causes.
Two people died; what would the death toll have been had Jewell not discovered the bomb or not moved the crowd away? Yet because of overreaction by the Feds and the national/local media, Jewell is still remembered as "that guy who didn't set the bomb" instead of "that guy who saved all those people from the bomb."

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