While many people commonly say that a picture is worth a thousand words, the actual quote, attributed to Fred Barnard, from March 10 of 1927 follows:
“A picture is worth ten thousand words.”
So, when is a picture worth a thousand or ten thousand words? How about when it truthfully and accurately represents what a person, a group of people, or an entity is using the picture for?
Recently, pictures have accompanied stories, tweets, and other types of media, without being true and accurate to the narrative of what is trying to be conveyed via the rhetoric, yet the image fits so well with the message. Visual evidence to go along with a prescribed narrative may be hard to come by, especially if it doesn’t actually exist, but if an image fits with what someone wants you to buy into, some believe, why not use it to illustrate the point. And, once something is out there, it’s pretty hard to take back. Have you ever been on a jury, and the judge asked you to disregard a witness’ testimony, or an attorney’s remark? Yes, you’re supposed to be unbiased and you should do so in order to be fair … But as the old saying goes, “You can’t close the stable door after the horse has bolted.”
With twenty-four hour TV news reporting, social media, online and print news sources, once something untrue or inaccurate is out, many people still believe it, develop an opinion based on it, and spread this fallacy even further. Although some of these same outlets try to set the record straight, there are people who are interviewed and quoted, who essentially make excuses, call it a mistake, or even try to convince people that what was put out to the public does illustrate the point being made, whether the image was accurate, or not.
How does this relate to licensed private investigators? Seeking the truth is what we do! When clients come to us we are professional, unbiased, and not emotionally attached to the subject at hand. When we are confronted with inconsistent information, we objectively approach the matter using technology, surveillance, research, and in many cases DNA evidence, to get to the heart of the matter.
When people are ready for answers, they should call a licensed private investigator to ‘release the truth’.