It’s kind of nice when we actually get the good along with the
bad and the ugly.
Denver media outlets converged Monday on the story of a man who
took down a mugger who was attacking an 83-year-old woman. The
mugger was twice the man’s size.
The woman was waiting for a bus Monday morning when a man asked
her for a dime. He then sprayed her with pepper spray and took $65
and a two-wheel shopping cart the woman uses to help steady her
balance, according to The Denver Post.
The smaller man tried to talk the mugger into surrendering and
then tackled him when the mugger started throwing punches.
It’s not very often the media concentrate on these types of
feel-good stories. It’s usually the murders and rapes that make the
But in this case, the media decided a 5-foot tall, 110-pound man
tackling and holding a robber until the police arrived was worthy
of extensive coverage.
Too often in journalism it becomes easy to concentrate on the
sensational and the scandalous (e.g. the Kobe Bryant case). The
Collegian can be guilty of this as well, but it’s important for
people to see that there are good things going on in their
communities. It makes them feel better about where they live.
It’s also great that the man had the courage to help out when a
crime was being committed. Psychologists sometimes speak of the
bystander effect, which is when people become less likely to help
others in need when there are other bystanders around.
This clearly was not the case in this situation. The man did
what he had to do to help someone out, and the media gave the story
That’s the way it should always be.