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.”
~ Morgan Freeman
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I want to watch a news outlet that says, "We will cover the tragedy, give you updates on information, but we will not give you the killers name, nor will we show his face. The victims names will be shown, and their faces, but the perpetrator of this heinous crime will not be identified by this news agency." I would NEVER watch another news media.
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I believe he is right. Giving no identification to the killer would be the greatest deterrent to these terrible crimes. This is nothing but the act of a self centered egotistical maniac that only wants notoriety. Deny that and you take away the one thing this POS wanted.
The 'media' right now is scouring the planet trying to find anyone who will tell them anything about this useless POS. I never want to see his name nor look at his face again.
It gives him what HE wants.
Feed him to the maggots and be done with him.
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Morgan Freeman is the man and he is really smart. Its very sad and makes me think me and my wife might home school our children when they are old enough. Jack Pinto was the first buried today. I could make a horrible joke about his fav. football team(giants) but im not. I cant believe shooting 6 or 7 yr olds.
The media's focus on getting the story to the public does tend to sensationalize crimes like these. It creates it's own sick and deadly meta-meme that spreads the idea, the disease, of committing horrible crimes as a way to make a name of one's self in the world. It also spurs a meta-meme of fear for personal protection and/or restrictions on gun ownership which spurs increase in firearm purchases, which in turn spurs fears of more firearms in private hands. Sensationalism is why the public and government fears copy-cat crimes immediately following these sorts of acts. Why else does the public and government fear copy-cat crimes following sensationalized reports of heinous crimes?
It would be wrong though to simply ignore these sorts of crimes, or the motives behind them. While the media plays on the age of the victims, murder is murder and such a crime is abhorrent - age of the victim should not matter.