Reporting considered invasive, exploitative and sensationalized
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.
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.
Unfortunately, the media forms public opinion.
Absolutely right on for T.V. coverage of news stories! Repeat ad
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;
Scott3I 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.
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...
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,
And things at the networks will change? Don't hold your breath.
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.
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?
@Scott3I 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.
When sensationalism, close ups of grieving people and premature conclusions are
the coin of the realm, all else takes a back seat.
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
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.
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.
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.
I agree completely with this article! They care nothing for the victims. Only
their own ratings.
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.....
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.)