TV coverage of Sandy Hook shootings draws heavy criticism

Reporting considered invasive, exploitative and sensationalized

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  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    I didn't think the news was overboard, but then again, I don't watch much TV. When I heard about the event I turned on the news and watched it for a while and then turned it off. Several hours later when I turned it on again, there were updates and new information. My suggestion -- don't have your TV turned on every waking moment.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Dec. 19, 2012 7:13 a.m.

    Eastcoastcoug, I don't see how relentless coverage and having the media descend on the victims shows empathy. I think the support shown by people in Ogden is true caring and compassion, not rampant out of control media coverage.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    Unfortunately, the media forms public opinion.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 6:36 p.m.

    Absolutely right on for T.V. coverage of news stories!

    Repeat ad infinitum

  • Noodlekaboodle Millcreek, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    Ummmm, Let's not leave out internet media, possibly even this website (gasp) pretty much every news source I went to, whether it was internet, radio or TV all was playing the race to be first, even if the info was wrong. The only news source I found that was only giving confirmed info was NPR.
    @JoMoe; Scott3
    I can't disagree more. Look back at recent mass killings in this country, you will find that the killers were liberal, conservative, religious, non-religious, black, white, hispanic, etc. The biggest connection they all have is that most suffered from serious mental illness. If you are crazy you will take any belief system and twist it to your crazy point of view.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 18, 2012 5:12 p.m.

    I am really very sorry about some of you people who act like this has somehow interfered with your lives or is a conspiracy. If you had been in the shoes of the parents in the firestation on Friday afternoon, I assure you that you would want the world to stop. Please have some empathy people and realize also that the media were just doing their job. I saw many of them who were respectful and even showed emotion. Don't be so quick to hate everyone who doesn't do or think exactly as you. I would expect a little more sympathy from (mostly) LDS readers.

    As for the wall-to-wall coverage, if it helps move our culture towards action against the elements that created this tragedy, so much the better. Sometimes it takes real tragedy before we act. I can predict that most of the people who have posted before me here will not change.

    I also posted an earlier comment today which has now disappeared...

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    I could not agree with the critics more. It is senseless and self-serving for the media to go over and over and over the same material, often "reporting" hearsay disguised as "news." IMO, it is this type of meaningless sensationalism that has made the media, particularly broadcast news, largely irrelevant.

  • California Steve Hanford, CA
    Dec. 18, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    And things at the networks will change? Don't hold your breath.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 18, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    After watching a super bowl victory, an announcer stated "the team reflected its coach".

    In early American history, it was evident our country reflected its political leaders, and we became the greatest country the world had seen.

    Today it seems the media has become the assistant coach, and the reflection from our society is transforming.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 3:07 p.m.

    We now live in an era where the news organizations focus on entertainment, ratings, and political agenda more than accuracy, balance, and obJectivity. One sad result is that they glorify and sensationalize the very violence they report on- fanning the flames that produce such sad tragedies and adding to the violence saturated culture that we live in. Our children are growing up with graphic violence on tv, in the movies, in music lyrics, on video games. How long can we pretend that such constant exposure to violent depictions and images doesn't affect them?

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 2:50 p.m.


    I know just what you mean. And it's not just the part where it says "Thou shalt not kill." Well, duh. Rather, it's everything else that the gospel of Jesus Christ entails, SUPPORTING those basic commandments, empowering people to do right and overcome difficulties. It has to do with binding and healing families through covenants and righteous living, supporting each other in myriad ways, reflecting on eternal truths including the divinity hidden in each individual, looking to God and leaning on him when we don't everything clearly, etc., etc. That is what living the gospel of Jesus Christ has done for my family, immediate and extended. It is why I try to be a Christian.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    When sensationalism, close ups of grieving people and premature conclusions are the coin of the realm, all else takes a back seat.

  • Scott3 Quiet Neighborhood, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 1:26 p.m.

    I use to really dislike comments like the one I am about to make, but it is the simple truth.

    The real way to end tragedies like this is for everyone to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now how to pull this off is unfortunately another story.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    I made the mistake of turning to CNN and Pierce Morgan the night after the shooting - first time in 5 years I have watched CNN. BIG MISTAKE! This Morgan leftist nut case went on a anti-gun rant for and entire hour spewing out all sorts of misinformation and out right lies about guns. I quickly remembered why I stopped watching CNN.

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 11:42 a.m.

    Just TURN THE TV OFF. You don't even have to get out of your chair to do it. Heck, now days you don't even have to be home to do it. Stop watching it. Stop listening to it. Render it mute.

  • Eric the Half-bee Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    I am shocked, SHOCKED!, that ABCNNBCBSFOXNYT, (or lawyers and/or politicians) would exploit others' tragedies.

    Don't forget, their (to include the local press) primary job is to prevent you from changing the channel and seeing [the same] advertisements somewhere else.

  • Richard Larson Galt, CA
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:59 a.m.


  • Leesha Kearns, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    I agree completely with this article! They care nothing for the victims. Only their own ratings.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    And, coming next week: Critics criticize the heavy criticism of TV coverage of Sandy Hook!

    It's a cycle of who can be the most recent one to point a finger, and as dramatically as possible.

    I'm not saying this current criticism doesn't have some validity, but I notice that we have a culture steeped in arm-chair quarterbacking. I'm no exception, look at me sitting here criticizing the drama of the criticism cycle..... *facepalm*

  • Acegrace Lilburn, GA
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:31 a.m.

    My sentiments exactly! Way too much coverage and far too much confusion in the facts.
    They said the guy's mother was a teacher which was not even close to the truth.

    Please stop covering these shootings all weekend after it hits on a Friday.
    I know it's a slow news cycle and the fiscal cliff was getting too stale and "boring" (although it will affect our lives for years to come.)