Dr. Larry Burriss

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  In case you didn't know it, and apparently many people don't, this is Sunshine Week, and this Saturday is both Freedom of Information Day, and the birthday of James Madison, generally considered the father of the Constitution.
     But, there also seems to be a generalized fear that the media have grown too powerful and too aggressive. Yet, if we stop for a moment and take an historical look at American media, we'll see they have always been a powerful influence in American life.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS) --  I remember reading in Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” trilogy about a man who fancied himself to be an archeologist.  But he thought all he had to do was read books to understand ancient history.  No digging in the dirt and musty old ruins for him.  Virtual archeology was good enough.  

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  Last week a Davidson County Chancery Court Judge ruled that the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has to open its records for public inspection. The particular records in question have to do with the files of children who have died either while in the care of DCS, or after having contact with the agency.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  We know there is some kind of hoax involving Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, and we know the media are also involved, either as part of the hoax itself or as complicit for not checking for obvious flaws in the story. But you know what, there’s something to be said for a good media hoax.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  Here’s a little computer exercise for you to try: go to Google and search for the name “Emilie Parker.” The first entry includes pictures of young Emilie and President Obama. But the web site claims there is something odd about the photos: the pictures were supposedly taken after Emilie was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.