December 18, 2012

“I’m not suggesting we completely abolish the media. But perhaps we should curtail it. Isn’t it time for some common sense media control?” [Darleen Click]

Matt K. Lewis goes Swift.

It’s time to have a national conversation… about the media.

But first, let’s recount how they’ve blown the coverage of the tragic school shootings in Connecticut:

The media originally reported the wrong name of the alleged shooter. (The suspected killer was Ryan Lanza, they breathlessly reported. Turns out it was actually Ryan’s brother, Adam.) Then, some in the media advertised Ryan’s Facebook and Twitter pages. (This, of course, brings to mind Brian Ross’ irresponsible and premature on-air suggestion over the summer that the Aurora shooter was a Tea Party member.)

As if those cases of egregiously mistaken identity weren’t enough, producers and reporters began trolling Twitter, seeking to proposition friends and relatives of the victims for an interview. […]

[I]f you’re wondering why the public dislikes the media, scummy behavior like this doesn’t help.

And when it comes time for moralizing, the media predictably assumes that 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. […]

The founding fathers never envisioned the damage that could be done by a 24-hour news cycle. The media incentivizes killers by giving them attention, and they put innocent people in danger. Clearly, we cannot sit by and hope this situation will improve. How many more deaths will it take before someone does something?

Do it For The Children!

Posted by Darleen @ 7:26am

Comments (12)

  1. If the pen is truly mightier than the sword, I suggest we loudly call for some restrictions on Semi-automatic Newscasting.

  2. cnn jumped the shark on this days ago

    Don Lemon will soon be reduced to fingerpainting poignant Christmas scenes using the blood of the dead children and a little spit for texturing

  3. I know its a joke , but it might be wise to remember what humorless pinheads we are dealing with.

    A re-evaluation of the 2nd Amendment is bad enough, do we want to give them ideas about the 1st ?

  4. Scroll down to January 1994.

    I don’t remember if it was this or the May 1995 follow-up that was published in Guns & Ammo with incorrect attribution after it had gotten passed around by email.

  5. You still watch the news? On TeeVee? Vote with your eyeballs people.

    Pop quiz. What’s wrong with the following sentence:

    “I turned on CNN and was aghast!”

  6. It’s not enough that you encourage people not to watch, slippy. That’s no different than encouraging people not to keep and bear arms.

    No, we need to prevent monsters like CNN from having the ability to inflict such damage in the first place. It’s time to take away their broadcasting capabilities. FOR THE CHILDREN!

  7. High word count magazines, papers and web sites just encourage the horrors of Spray&Prey journalism.

    Pamphlets should be the maximum in print. Twitter needs a 10 character limit.

  8. I’ve been saying forever that we need to change the dynamic, that being, they call the tune , we dance to it.
    Attack the media at every turn; call them on their BS.
    Point/counterpoint them to death. Use their own words, slanted reporting and ommisions against them.
    All I got was Mitt Romney telling me that no, no, no…that shit was off the table.
    How’d that work out for ya, Mittens?
    By the way, the Robin Meade/CNN stuff I posted on another thread; that was on a TV at a McDonalds I stopped in this morning. That crappola/propaganda doesn’t get on my TV. There’s your culture for you.

  9. Make no mistake, proggs dislike the 1st amendment as much as the 2nd.

  10. Pop quiz. What’s wrong with the following sentence:

    “I turned on CNN and was aghast!”

    No one who works for CNN is capable of reaching a state of sexual arousal. That was rather obvious. Or should I say Blitzer obvious?

  11. Faugh: culture is your culture for you.