"Show up and shut up." Rabbi Harold Kushner was my guest for a PBS series on God in America, and this was his condensed version of advice for those who would comfort the grieving. It ought to circulate around the halls of American broadcast media for once again there were no boundaries the collective media would respect in the aftermath of the murders in Newtown, Conn. The rush to assemble a media mob is now expected and the ratings consequences to the networks of ignoring such a horror are no doubt enormous, but the intrusion into the awful grief
I want to vomit every time I see one of these vultures shove a microphone in front of someone grieving in the aftermath of a tragedy. "What are you feelings in light of this tragedy?" Most people are too polite yo say something along the lines of "Get the fark out of here!" or "How the hell do you think I feel a**hole?!!".... Sincere apologies to staff for the language... But really?
The media is who needs to be reigned in!! Leave people alone!! For God´s sake, and for the sake of the sanity of the survivors!!!!
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The Other Guy, 12/17/2012 6:24:56 AM (No. 9070243)
I was present in the hospital when the doctor informed the parents that their infant daughter had suffered a crib death. "Show up and shut up", is essentially the same advice I received from an Air Force chaplain, also present, when I asked for advice on how to best help them. Provide a figurative shoulder to cry on (or a real one if that´s the nature of your relationship). Let them vent in any way they want and keep your opinions to yourself if you disagree with what they say in the immediate aftermath. That isn´t the time to dissent.
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Fiesta del sol, 12/17/2012 6:44:23 AM (No. 9070272)
On Saturday, Soledad O´Brien was in full vulture mode. These people are so phony. She put on her ´serious´ face, and then proceed to walk over the dead bodies of children to further her political agenda. It was almost as bad as Katie Couric´s performance at Columbine.
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O.S. Banker, 12/17/2012 7:20:42 AM (No. 9070328)
I don´t want to know the murders name. I want it to vanish in anonymity. I will listen to the LSM when they cover the Mall Shooting in Oregon that was thwarted by a citizen with a concealed carry permit.
Evil exist, and is on the rise. Evil will always strike a soft target. Frankly I find myself more at ease at a rifle range with 20 or 30 heavily armed strangers than in a shopping mall or movie theater.
Now for sure the tv is turned off when the empty chair comes on the air. Where was he when the other massacres occurred? I´m sure he politicized it. This is just a guess since I can´t listen to him. I´m not for guns but can one imagine the power he would have if he managed to outlaw guns? It makes one shutter. There is a reason for the 2nd amendment.
I was listening to CBS national news on the radio during the day. I could not believe when I turned on Fox News TV it was a totally different story. All day long CBS radio was WRONG about everything especially the name of the shooter. They were acusing the brother. What is wrong with the irresponsible "news" people. I agree, what they tell us is not news. So what if obama cried, it is not news.
The article is precisely right - it is not news it is voyeurism, and in pointing out that a time of high emotion is the worst time to make public policy ( gun control in this case ) but that is the very time and method the left uses to push this bad policy. Everything Obama does is pushed in some crisis, never let a crisis go to waste!
My cousin was one of the first people shot in the Long Island Railroad massacre. Family and friends surrounded his parent´s house and kept the media away. The day of his funeral, the parents announced to the media that the funeral would be held at 3pm. It was actually held at 10am and by the time the media arrived it was all over and everyone had left.
That is how to handle the media in situations like this.
I [Hewitt] am hereby reaching out to all NBC execs to come on my show this week and discuss whether their editorial "choices" lead to more massacres.
This isn´t news any more it´s voyeurism, and liberals love it! Hewitt has done an outstanding job of making this point. This episode has been and perfect example of why we despise the MSM that way we do.
Along with the mainstream media vultures, one makes a drive-by, more descriptively swoop-by, personal appearance for the occasion in order to impart one’s supposed wisdom and empathy.
Heeding the words of one who goes to almost unprecedented lengths to conceal one’s past seems to be an imprudent decision.
Who knows how many years were occupied with supplying mind and body with who knows how many “controlled substances?” (Isn’t that a lovely expression? “Controlled Substances” It almost sounds respectable, upright, elegant.)
Whatever happened to common sense? A dictionary defines it. Common Sense: “ordinary good sense or sound practical judgment”
We decry the media coverage of this tragedy, yet we read every word and watch every video. That´s why the media wallows in it, folks. The media is giving us what we want. If they didn´t cover it so intensely, we´d be asking "why is the mainstream media covering this event up?"
While my thoughts are never been far from the parents and families of the little children and teachers I refuse to gawk at their grief. Perhaps it was the right thing for President Obama to go there but I can´t get past the administration´s stated policy to never let a tragedy go to waste....and so I haven´t listened to one word of his speech.
In times like this I refuse to watch the news. It´s always the same, adds nothing to the understanding and always exploits the grief of those parents and brothers and sisters who have to deal not only with the tragedy but also with the prying cameras and stupid interview questions. Then on to the only solution that shreds the constitutional rights of the citizens of this country. To be sure there are other effective solutions that are always off the table but nobody in the news business seems interested in even discussing as a possibility. Color me disgusted with this part.
My tipping point came when I saw that evil Westboro Baptist group was going to picket at the memorial. At least Obama, if he stayed decent, had the right to be there with the mourners. These Westboro people are pure hate.
This reminds me of Nickel Mines and the way the media acted then; it was simply hideous. There was one media-wench who dressed up in what she supposed was an Amish dress and showed up on the porch of one of the families. She was immediately escorted off the property. The State Police Commissioner gave the media what seemed like updates every 12 seconds just to keep them from bothering the families. He instituted a ´No Fly Zone´ over the cemetery the day of the funerals and the media STILL found a way to be intrusive. They reported ad nauseum on how considerate and sensitive they were being to the Amish community. I chose not to watch the coverage since I figured those goons were only there to sensationalize every aspect of it. I was also afraid I´d accidentally get a glimpse of Obama inserting himself into the event. Why he thought it was appropriate to travel to CT and burden law enforcement there with security details at a time like this I cannot fathom. A simple statement of condolences offered from the WH would have been sufficient but then there would not have been a photo op.
The reason one may want to throw up at the presence of the media mike in front of a grieving soul is because it is a boundary violation. It is intellectually dishonest for the media to be feigning that they are there because they "care" about you and the grieving. They are there for ratings, imho. Boundary violiations make one physically as well as mentally sick...and enraged. We are being violated every singe day by many who hold the reins of power these days...sickening indeed.
However, I do believe the people are going to rise up eventually...which may be why so many hollow bullets are being purchased by the government, no?
#2.. my TV has not been tuned into any of this since the initial report. The news regardless of station has simply been OFF. It is my personal protest against the 24/7 media frenzy. Not only must it be tortuous for the victims´ families and I am sure highly disrespectful BUT it also encourages copy cats and desensitizes us all to more horror. I don´t ever want to be desensitized to the slaughter of innocent people.
I won´t call them vulture... vultures at least perform a vital function in nature. These lying, distorting media outlets and "reporters" are infected, oozing sores on the conscience and mind of America. They do no good.
Re #23 - no, some of us have not "read every word and watch(ed) every video."
I went out of my way this weekend not to watch anything about this tragic event. I don´t know these people; cannot sympathize with them as I´ve never experienced such a thing and don´t see how mumbling words of so sorry could help.
And I don´t recall President Bush rushing to Virginia Tech after that horrific event. Of course, if he did, the same media extolling Obama would have attacked Bush as politicizing the event.
I listened yesterday to our "Vulture in Chief", aka the MSM POTUS, despite the red flags in my right brain. I just knew that he would not keep his promise to leave politics out of his remarks, and wanted to confirm yet another lie.
I was not disappointed. He just can´t help himself.
I´ve had ESPN on the last 30 hours, mostly without sound. When they mentioned the massacre it is brief, heartfelt, and they show the support for the Sandy Hook families of people across the US who attend sporting events, and the players. No vultures interviewing family and friends. But a brief interview with the Giants player who wrote the name of a boy on his shoes and "My Hero" next to it. Incredibly sad but not gruesome like the MSM.
Tried watching the football game last night between the SF 49ers and the Boston Patriots and guess what? They interrupted my escape from this crazy mixed up political world we´re subject to....with that damn Kenyan Marxist and his phony politicized lefty rhetoric! I was livid! NBC has seemingly hired Obama to work for them! The damnable rump-swabs! Stop politicizing this! Like Rancher Jack says on his post, what about the 504 murdered blacks just this year in just one thug ghetto city like Chicago?? Hey Obama! Can you hear the sounds of gunfire every weekend in your so-called "hometown"? No? You big old hypocrite! You cry like Bill Clinton! And I´m STILL waiting for ANYBODY in the ass-press to tell the American people about the Chinese man who killed the same number of children last week on the SAME day--with a KNIFE!!! Where in hell is THAT story so we can compare?....crickets forever chirping in the phony liar lamestream media! They make me sick.
#23 says: "We decry the media coverage of this tragedy, yet we read every word and watch every video." Nope, not me. And evidently not a lot of other posters. Everything has been off since I got the story on Friday. That´s all I needed to know.
Hmm. They refused to show the jumpers from the World Trade Center but are all too anxious to plaster images and soundbites of grieving families and friends all over every airwave, magazine or "news" paper.
S/ I wonder if it has anything to do with their politics? /s
I agree with the previous poster(s). Shoving a mic in the face of a devestated parent is the act of a vulture feeding off other´s despair.
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