This short video tells the story of Richard Jewell, an innocent man and former police officer, who in the summer of 1996 went from being a hero to a likely suspect in the bombing at the Atlanta Olympics, which claimed the life of one person and injured more than 100 people.
When Jewell discovered a backpack filled with three pipe bombs, he alerted police and helped in the evacuation of the targeted area before the bomb could explode, saving thousands of people from potential injury or death. Initially hailed by the media as a hero, this short film explains how damage can be done by media outlets that report news based on incomplete information from unidentified law enforcement sources.
This false information was instrumental in casting Mr. Jewell in the worst possible light to the public. It took almost three months for the U.S federal government to clear him, and almost a decade before Eric Rudolph, a violent anti-abortionist, pleaded guilty to the bombing.
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