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Media to blame for school shootings?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by EStreetJoe, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Posting this here because I think it's more relevant as a journalism topic than a news topic.... forgive me if it's a d_b.

    Interesting article a Facebook friend of mine (who is a staunch conservative) posted, saying the media is just as much to blame as guns for tragedies like the recent one in Connecticut.

    Last paragraph of the story....
  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    By James Taranto. Also the Twitter author of this after Aurora: "I hope the girls whose boyfriends died to save them were worthy of the sacrifice." Formerly worked for the Heritage Foundation and the libertarian journal Reason Magazine.

    No thanks.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Good point. The media should ignore 20 dead first-graders. That's feasible.

    At least the obfuscating politicians are taking real money from the NRA. What's the Wall Street Journal's excuse for tap-dancing?
  4. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    I've had my fill of butt-hurt gun nuts this week, thanks.

    Guns didn't kill those kids; publicly acknowledging that shootings take place killed those kids!
  5. Gator

    Gator Well-Known Member

    Sure were a lot of Facebook shares this weekend of heart-warming tales from Friday. Yeah, the media is just awful. People hate it.
  6. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    People are hypocrits. They tell us what bastards we are while reading our copy.
  7. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    I'm in agreement that it's our job to report what's going on.
    If the attention and notoriety gained by shooting up a classroom and then killing yourself inspires someone to shoot-up a classroom it's not the media's fault.
  8. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    How is this person working in journalism?
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    If these mentally unbalanced gunmen were doing it for media attention, wouldn't they would refrain from committing suicide -- as most do -- so that they could enjoy their new-found fame?
  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Fox News is probably to blame. They spread the delusional fantasy that only if everyone carried a gun around, then there would be someone there to stop all the massacres. After all, Nancy Lanza had those guns and taught her deranged son how to use them for protection.
  11. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    I think they might be talking around the fact that she was a Doomsday end timer type person. Odds she was a FNC and Glenn Beck devotee look pretty good.
  12. young-gun11

    young-gun11 Member

    What might be the issue here is releasing the killer's names. Many people want those killers to remain nameless. Reason being that by naming them, they become famous in a way. Everyone in the country will know who they are, if only for a brief moment.

    Name the children. Be gracious to the families. Don't name the killer...

    Just my two cents.
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