Sunday, December 16, 2012

Please Stop Already

I have kept the cable news channels off because of this, so I agree with Matt K. Lewis"The media should be ashamed of its Connecticut coverage. What journalistic rationale could compel a reporter to interview young children at a mass-murder scene?" I don't need to see or hear about any terrible crime 24 hours a day (the only exception for me being September 11, which was completely different). 
I don't agree that violent movies cause violence, since the majority of us have seen such movies for years and have never gone on a murder spree.  This is a convenient excuse, and another politically correct way to avoid blaming the killer or judging anyone, lest it offend and cause hurt feelings -- and we can't have that.
But every time there is a copy-cat mass murder, and there will be, with an assortment of weapons, the part of this article about the ghoulish media should be reprinted, because this is definitely not considered entertainment.  
"And when it comes time for moralizing, the media predictably assumes the availability of guns is the problem, without considering how journalists themselves might be contributing to the coarsening of our already-violent society.

The entertainment-media complex promotes and glamorizes violence — for profit — in film and on TV. Meanwhile, the news media ensures that killers get the attention and fame they so desperately crave.

To be sure, a transparent society demands reporting newsworthy incidents — and this definitely qualifies. But it should be done responsibly. And that is not what we have witnessed. We have instead a feeding frenzy that is all about beating the competition — not disseminating information.

It's about being first, beating other media outlets, and making a name for themselves. It's a ghoulish mentality that stokes controversy and violence — for business purposes. It's a sort of  'if it bleeds it leads' mentality that causes cable networks to create logos and theme music for such tragic events (all the while, they feign maudlin concern and outrage.)"

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