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    Actually, watching (most) news stories WITH your kids is waaaay better than buying them an x-box and letting them vicariously kill everything in sight in the comfort of their unsupervised bedroom.
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    Especially speculation. When I watch the news I want fact based reporting, if I'm watching the market news then I want speculation based upon facts. I can't tell you how many times the story changed because all they were doing was speculating and they're still doing that. And now crazies are just going to try to top this one with something crazier.
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    My favorite story on media speculation...after one of the major coal mine explosions a reperter was talking to a mine safety engineer. She asked, " I know you don't want to speculate at this early date, but what do you think caused the explosion?" the guy looked at her like she was the stupidest person in the world, which at that time she was....
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    finally somebody writes an article that I can make some sense about how to handle mass shootings in the press. Folks, this new fervor to do with gun violence is more about liberals taking advantage of and politicizing tragedy as a rally cry for disarming the American public than it is about stopping gun violence.
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    this has more to do withn obama and the U.N. than it dose the kids. bet you wont hear bthat on fox or msnbc
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    If they were to do that they wouldn't be able to manipulate public opinion. They could never do that because they know what is best for the rest of the country.
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    TURN OFF THE NEWS!

    Morgan Freeman's brilliant take on what happened in New Town :

    "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."
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    God bless Mr. FREEMAN for showing he has a solid pairand using his pulpit sensibly. Contrast that to Rosie a few years back ponificating about guns while having three (3) armed bodyguards taking her kids to school. Mr. FREEMAN (almost same spelling as FREEDOM) served with distinction in the military when complainers headed to Canada, that's WHY he's got his head n ass wired tight. Why isn't this man in politics???? Morgan for President.
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    This has been my position for years. The media may know this to be true, but truth is not the media's motivation, profits are...They won't stop until forced.
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    Exactly, a line needs to be drawn as to what exactly 'free press' is, because right now all you have to do is call yourself a news station and you are automatically covered by the right to 'free press'. Then they go ahead and lie, distort, and embelish for more profit, and every news station is guilty of this EXCEPT PBS. I doubt the founders envisioned this when trying to protect the press from the govt...
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    @AceLuby

    "every news station is guilty of this EXCEPT PBS"

    PBS simply has a different agenda. Or at least they've promoted a big government agenda in the past. I still listen to local PBS radio but haven't taken them too seriously for several years. IMO they're no better (or worse) than mainstream media.
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    @jamesmitchell

    My local radio station is very one sided. I'm surprised when they present a story that isn't heavy on editorial content. They're music selection is great though.
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    Journalists have been replaced by propagandists with either a personal or corporate ox to gore.

    Look at the graphic heading this story.... A ChiCom Type 56 rifle? I'm sure it was chosen because it looks like an AK47 and an AK47 is an "assault rifle" (whatever that means) and Mass Shootings are always done with an assault rifle.

    The photo was selected to further demonize "Assault Rifles" and guns in general. Whenever we see a story about CRIME a gun is the graphic image selected... not a guy wearing a mask or a knife... it's a GUN because gun = crime in the liberal propagandists algebra book.

    Where journalists like Woodward and Bernstein WORKED a story, today's propagandists just follow the rest of the propagandist herd and stuff a microphone in front of whatever they see. Their time on camera is uses to spout whatever wisdom they heard moments earlier from some other numbskull's mouth.

    The best thing we could do for news today is to eliminate everyone in front of the camera and behind the microphone and just let the tape roll.... at least THAT would be honest reporting.
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    @Sharpshooter All I know is what I read in the news.

    "Two 9mm handguns, one made by Glock and the other by Sig Sauer, were recovered inside the school. An AR-15-type rifle also was found at the scene, but there were conflicting reports Friday night whether it had been used in the shooting."

    But since you must have been there, maybe you can tell us what the REAL rifle was, or why there should be a photo of a guy wearing a mask with a knife to illustrate a story about mass shootings.
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    Sensationalizing these events is a major contributing factor in these nutjobs seeing it as a glorious way to commit suicide. People who would otherwise go unnoticed see this as a way to make a name for themselves.
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    If I want to be entertained I will watch Rachel " i wish i was a dude" madcow, Ed "the Nazi" Schultz or Chris "I can cry because its' my party and I can cry if i want to" Matthews on MSNBC. Objective reporting and not subjective reporting. But even Politix Mary knows that just reporting news is boring. Chrome dipped dub deuces! They spinning!! Dey spinning!
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    The one thing good about news coverage is it allows people to be sympathetic and empathetic to the tragedy that occurs and allows us as a country to come together to support each other.
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    In almost every case since the advent of internet instant news, in their rush to ratings the media start blabbing thing that turn out to be wildly inaccurate. Like with everything else, the first report is the impact report. People are still claiming Iraq had active WMD's because Bush Initially told them so. They haven't heard a thing since on the subject.

    Will people copycat mass killing? They always have. I support an initial report "There has been a shooting in Baytown. As details emerge we will report police official statements" And that's it. The law should read that media can be charged with obstructing justice and felony interference after the fact by anything more until such time as law enforcement chooses to make that statement. The reason i say this is copycat killers tend to emulate the initial grandiose story. Let the authorities get the entire story and lead with "the killer is dead/in custody". Not with "27 people are dead at the hands of blah blah". Stop glorifying scum. Don't even release anything the authorities don't release themselves for at least 72 hours.
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    @jessejaymes - I agree. The benefit is you get to see how people can come together. But the media is all about ratings if there were something more important happening they would be covering that instead. Money ruins everything. Even the coverage of tragedies.
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    @kirbstomp1 People can come together without some airhead bimbo reporter interviewing children after a mass killing. Copycats are sitting right there at the TV getting major excitement over seeing and hearing the horror in the kids face and voice.
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    @jessejaymes - oh I agree, I want the news. Not speculation, not added fluff to make it sound better, and not their opinion. Im intelligent enough to make my own opinion. The media disgust me.
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    Gee this is a NO-BRAINER! Monkey see, monkey do, but the media LOVES these kinds of incidents and helps to perpetuate them so they can milk the tragedies for monetary gain.
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    the media is the biggest reason these shootings happen, because the shooter wants to be remembered and the media gives him/her a way to do that.
  • #52
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    Where the hell are all these white entitled people???? Give up your BS! Whites have what? We have no white college funds! Where is it? I've not seen anything in my 49 yrs of being white entitled me to shit!
    The shooter was a nutcase! I guess he was entitled to that! Regardless of his color! Get off the racists BS!
  • #51
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    We can't control the media. First amedment. I personally want all the details I can get...the media shouldn't be designed to keep stable the unevitably unstable. They're mostly a bunch of liberal dingbats, anyhow.
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    It's not the "what" but the "how". If they released the information but avoided making it conspicuous, that is they had it on some obscure website that would be fine.
    The information has to be made available simply because otherwise researchers won't be able to look for patterns and find a way to stop it in the future.
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    Wow I am amazed and a bit frightened to see how eagerly some endorse suppressing the media. Many of the same ones who do also endorse suppression of the speech of some groups.

    Who sets the guidelines? What are the boundaries you want to establish and who does the establishing? Who approves them?

    And if it turns out the experts at CDC are wrong? Do we then rescind any laws put in place on the assumption that people mimic behavior they see in the media? By what process are the boundaries set above to be changed? Would these changes be determined in advance or after we determine we were mistaken? What are the penalties for not complying?

    Any of you that voted for all of the above think about any of this?
  • #44
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    Dear We the People

    Yesterday morning, Barack Obama held a press conference confirming our greatest fears...

    He's launching an all out campaign to pass comprehensive gun control:

    1. A so-called "Assault Weapons" Ban,

    2. A "High-Capacity" Magazine Ban, and

    3. A ban on ALL Private Firearms Sales without government permission.

    And he wants the legislation on his desk as early as January.

    As Americans as a Citizen of this USA you have a job to fight this illegal democrat anti american agenda
  • #42
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    Yep that's why shootings happen its bc some white entitled punk kid sees it plasterd all over the tv for way to long and think to themselves hey that sounds like fun mabey they'll plaster my name all over the news for weeks and years after I commit mass murder oh goodie sounds fun I'm going to go shoot up my school
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