New York - The scope and senselessness of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting challenged television journalists’ ability to do much more than lend, or impose, their presence on the scene. Pressed with the awful urgency of the story, TV, along with other media, fell prey to reporting “facts” that were often in conflict or wrong. How many people were killed? Which Lanza brother was the shooter: Adam or Ryan? Was their mother, who was among the slain, a teacher at the school? Like the rest of the news media, television outlets were faced with intense competitive pressures
Comments: The LSM, including Fox, didn´t struggle. They drowned in their own hyperbole.
When everyone tries to eat off the same plate as the same time, there is bound to be spillage and wasted energy. Here, these idiots talked just like that and "reported" insignificant words in an attempt to be significant themselves.
Which is why I have spent the day listening to music & watching McClintock with John Wayne. I have never understood the necessity of people drowning themselves in every minute of a horrible situation that has nothing to do with them. Piling up flowers for someone they don´t know is such a waste. My 89 year old Mother just ask me, "why the people don´t take that money & donate it to the people who´s lives have been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy". I have no answer.
No struggle. They just kept putting out the same (mis)information. The Daily Mail´s piece was ridiculously full of contradictory information, in print. No one waits for facts. They just start blurting (as fact) or keying in whatever they hear without checking.
Morbid curiosity buys a lot of TV advertising time. It provides sensationalism and the vicarious thrill fix. It gives mass killers a goal, to achieve their moment of glory, a big exclamation point at the end of their pointless lives. It gives the propaganda machine a huge platform to push their agenda.
Facts? The media wouldn´t know a fact if it slapped them in the face. The media only reports fantasy, falsehoods, lies, distortions and their own biases. To heck with facts! Facts only get in the way of a fabricated headline grabbing story.
Strange, isn´t it, that all the liberal talking heads and atheistic scribblers are saying and writing things like "those precious angels are in heaven now," and "Adam, burn in hell" and "the victims and their families are in our prayers." Isn´t it strange? The answer: when everything is wrong. When nothing makes any sense, then there´s one thing that always makes sense...and there are no atheists, only thoughtless chatterboxes.
Let me be clear. The President will be visiting the families of the victims this Sunday. Why ? To make a spectacle of the crisis to his own ends. Otherwise, he would just go unannounced and with no press corps. The last person in the World these people need to see is a POLITICIAN. They need support from family and friends, not a PR stunt by this celebrity seeking ignoramus. and of course, there will be no mention of the agenda, which is gun control.
#1, I am with you. The way they turn these events into a reality TV show is getting worse with each such tragedy. The anchors are trying to out-pontificate, out-empathize each other. Tomorrow, to our shame, it will be all about Obama.
All the Lames were " CONflicted " with was how to spin the story . When Zero ( and or Holder ) made plain Fast & Furious could be let out of the closet , watch the media wing fade this as fast as Benghazi .
Unfortunately the press´s obsession with events like this does nothing to reduce the risk of their recurrence. That´s not to blame the press for the incidents, but they make money off these things and they just seem like extremely morbid vampires after awhile.
I remember the day when a journalist couldn´t report anything without confirming it with a couple of other sources. Today calling the morons of the media journalists is a joke. These people rush to the camera to report every piece of gossip as fact. What about the other shooting suspect that was hauled from the woods handcuffed? Or Adam´s girlfriend and her friend who were missing?
What kills me is when hey bring in psychologists or former FBI profilers who don´t tell you anything you haven´t figured out yourself.
People have their own ways of expressing their grief but these candlelight vigils seem to be more of a fad response than heartfelt mourning.
It´s just like the story yesterday that mom was a gun nut and a bar hopper.Being a gun "enthusiast" makes you a nut.People that take their kids to shooting ranges are programming them to be gun nuts also.
One poster here yesterday, I believe it was RancherJack, mentioned Prozac or antidepressants and their prominent place in many murder/suicides. I think this bears much more scrutiny. I want to know what medications this kid was taking, if any.
I found the recent behaviour by the media vultures to be even more appalling than usual. I was so thankful yesterday for the video link provided on the must reads page. Lucianne, you and your staff are God´s own warriors here on earth, looking out for your readers and providing a safe and sane haven from the evil that is consuming this world. I spent over an hour on that video page, looking at some wonderful flash mob videos from around the world. It has given me back a little bit of hope that tyrant wannabe´s like our politicians can´t totally crush the human spirit. I send up prayers for your safety always. This world would be a far nastier place without you in it. Thank you very much. Susan, also known as Chuzzles
Appalling.... how the press and the president have used this tragedy for their own strange purposes causing even more horror and dismay. CBS News was the absolute worst in reporting factual information; it was like somebody was making up the story as they went along. The president and the media racing to this disaster is truly sad and totally unacceptable.
"I have never understood the necessity of people drowning themselves in every minute of a horrible situation that has nothing to do with them. Piling up flowers for someone they don´t know is such a waste."
Understand this...understand modern America, and largely understand the appeal of Obamunism despite its failures. Today´s hero is not John Wayne, but Joan Wayne, the sensitive, nurturing, single, thrity-something woman, and her American Association of University Women sisters.
Facts...as the past four years and especially this past election have demonstrated -they don´t need no stinkin facts . The media and Obama are ghouls and crepe hangers , reveling in the bloody corpses of children . Obama would pose next to an open casket if he could. He´s doing this just to boost his popularity to give him an advantage in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Waking on the beach with Christie helped get him re elected , his popularity should now skyrocket . He doesn´t care about anyone , but, himself . The fake tear the media gushingly described was Barry scratching the side of his face. Remind me-did Barry go to a memorial service for the 30 Special Operators killed when their Chinook was shot down in Afghanistan , August 2011 ? Pete Williams reported today that only handguns were found in the school which conflicts with what the coroner said yesterday which conflicts with what one LE told ABC which conflicts with what another source told CBS and on and on and on. If we hadn´t seen the planes hitting the WTC on 9/11 with our own eyes, who knows how long it would have taken the media to get their facts straight.
here´s a fact the media didn´t tell anyone about after the shooting the week earlier in an Oregon mall. a concealed carry citizen drew on the gunman but didnt fire because of an innocent in the background. the gunman saw him and killed himself.
All of this intense scrutiny, postulation, and navel-gazing only serves to set up the next event. These mentally disturbed shooters seek revenge for whatever reason - and their moment in the sun. This press obsession - including FNC as OP points out - accomplishes nothing to solve the problem. It only serves to advance political agendas. It is a variation of the "fiscal cliff" mentality. It is government by crisis.
Meanwhile, the planed continues to spin on its axis and rotate around its star. Slaughter in Syria continues, questions about Benghazi remain unanswered, Iran, PRNK, and China continue to "bulk up" militarily, and our Republic "progresses" toward ultimate demise.
I agree with all above posters regarding the over-hype and drowning in self-pity of the reporters. It was re-hashed, re-shown ad nauseum. I turned my tv off and prayed for those beautiful, innocent children and their teachers. As a teacher, we locked our doors when the call came (never did) but we were prepared for anything. Most of our worries came from angry parents who went after the teacher. We got a mini lecture in church this am on gun control! Yep! It´s the stupidest thing the priest could say because this is Maine and everyone just about owns a gun. They are hunters! As far as Obama, words cannot express my disgust for him. Where did he go when 4 men died in Benghazi? Leave the families alone, please!
Yes, poster #23, I noticed at the time of the Aurora CO shooting, newly all of the school shooters have taken mind-altering prescription drugs. A large portion of those were first "diagnosed" by a teacher as having ADHD, because they acted like boys in class, and their life went downhill from there.
Some studies show that antidepressants used by teenagers often result in suicide or other violence. Other studies show that the use of prescriptions for attention deficit (ritalin), even for a short period, can affect future development and cause violent "acting out." I believe I even read that ever having taken ritalin could disqualify one for service in the Army.
But we must never speak about the possible lifetime dangers of certain prescriptions, nor can we discuss the LIEberal take-over of the primary classroom with their desire for boys to act and learn as if they were girls, or face punitive punishments. And it is completely verboten to even mention the lack of consistent morality or even admitting there is an absolute right and a consistent evil that can easily be defined.
I have avoided of the media on the shooting all weekend. On top of everything going on in this country that this tragedy could happen just before Xmas to these families is more than I can take. I would rather spend my time praying for the community than listening to reporters who really know nothing.
So much misinformation...still coming. wrong person, Mother did or did not ever work at the school, she was a stay at home Mom,she took him out of school after disagreeing with school officials,he had no friends, but he hung out with the "freaks" who wore trench coats..(which is it..he had no friends or he had freak friends)He was a "Goth"..maybe later but I have never seen a Goth dress in tan pants and button down shirts.and carrying a black briefcase.He had violent temper tantrums, he "fought" with the teachers at the school the day before..one thing we do know..this was a seriously disturbed boy who slid into a mental state that culminated in unspeakable horror. As the days and weeks go by, we will know more of the timeline of his life. We also know, that mental illness was to blame, not guns. evil will find a way. Timothy McVeigh, 9-11 murder´s, suicide bomber´s, the bombing of the Cole,subway bombings in Spain and in London..and on and on..how many of them used guns..NONE!!!
Like rabid dogs. Like you, #1, besides some football, we vegged out on old movies and spent the evening with friends. Our national psyche is ripped apart watching things like that - better to pray for the survivors in their heart-wrenching pain. Just pray.
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