April 29, 2013

Pulling at the heart strings ... or, at least trying to

The Wilmington News Journal amazes me sometimes. We already know it's ridiculously politically correct, yet I sometimes wonder if it really thinks its readership is completely devoid of any sort of moral judgment, and that it will accept what it prints purely at face value.

Case in point: Yesterday's article about the Cannon family of Harrington. The title reads "Single mom, family march forward in face of adversity," and knowing the WNJ as I do, I was pretty skeptical right away. Not because I do not want a family with tough odds not to overcome adversity, but because I pondered how much of that adversity was, well, self-inflicted. It isn't until page two that we find out (my emphasis):

The children’s father, James Cannon, is 80. [Mrs.] Cannon just turned 32. They separated two years ago and were divorced at the end of last year. He lives about a half-hour away in Seaford.

Despite the hardships, Jayla is inspired by her mother. Though Cannon gave birth to Jayla “one or two weeks after graduating” high school, she went on to Delaware Technical Community College to become a certified medical assistant and worked until her illness got too bad.

So let's do the math: Mrs. Cannon presumably was 18 years old upon graduating high school, possibly still 17. This means Mr. Cannon was 66 years old at that time. Earlier in the article, Mrs. Cannon says she "is trying to give her children a better life than she had growing up," but one wonders how having five children before age 30 with someone almost 50 years your senior accomplishes that. Of course, the News Journal reports all this completely uncritically. We are to make no judgments -- just read and let the sympathy roll.

Mrs. Cannon has only been solo with her kids for going on two years, as noted. The article mentions she and her kids get by on $1,000 month. There is, however, no mention of why Mr. Cannon is not contributing to his family. If he did, don't you think it would be noted? And why is there no inquiry by the authors of why Mr. Cannon isn't paying child support?

If Mrs. Cannon really wants better lives for her children, I'd start with not making the two decisions she made while a senior in high school.

Posted by Felix at April 29, 2013 06:37 PM | TrackBack

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Seems to me this guy could make some serious scratch teaching creepy old guys how to land 18 y.o. chicks. Problem solved.

Posted by: Duffy at April 30, 2013 08:03 AM

Reminds me of the "heartwarming" Mother's Day front page edition TNJ did about 3 yrs. ago--on mothers in prison, and how great it is when their kids come to visit, and what good, attentive mothers they are, and such fine examples to their offspring for that whole maybe 30 minutes a week. GAG. Really killed the spirit that year for most mothers on this side of the pen, hanging in there, doing the job 24/7 and no fanfare or front page spread.

Posted by: Cynic at April 30, 2013 08:09 PM

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