Tag Archive: Sensationalism


While We Seldom Find Ourselves In Agreement With Morgan Freeman , This Is Spot On .

 

 

 

Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday :
” “You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.” “

Update : This may or may not be attributable to Mr Freeman . Either way there is no denying the correctness of the sentiment .

 

 

“Best Selling Author” Calls for Law to Stifle Media in Wake of Mass Shooting

 

Media Violence

 

 

 

” Writing for Forbes, Joseph Grenny stated the following in the wake of today’s mass shooting in Connecticut where a man named Adam Lanza used his mother’s gun to kill her along with 26 people, including 20 children, which followed another mass shooting in Oregon earlier this week in which a man killed two people in a shopping mall:

This week, I watched in horror with most of America, as yet another person unleashed a furry of bullets in a busy Portland, Oregon, mall killing two and injuring others. But my horror was twofold. The first misery came as I heard the names and numbers of victims and thought about the pain they and their families will endure for the rest of their lives. The second dose came as I held my breath, hoping and praying the media wouldn’t amplify the violence.

But they did. “

This is news ? Breast feeding kindergarteners ? It puts me to mind of a scene from “Grown-ups” with Adam Sandler and Kevin James . TTime” is surely in dire straits if this is what passes for something news-worthy . 

 “Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover star has said she will not stop breastfeeding her almost-four-year-old until he turns five.

Jamie Lynne Grumeta 26-year-old mother from Los Angeles who has appeared on the cover of this week’s issue, will continue to latch her toddler for one more year.”