What is the role of the MSM in these mass shootings?
The networks descend on every mass shooting like vultures and create 24/7 coverage.
I wonder if mentally disturbed people don’t fix on these horrors and then copy them…because of the MSM and their 24/7 coverage.
MSM… Mass Shooting Media?
Say you are someone who wants to create maximum pain and be remembered for it. Time and again you see running children, interviews of tear streaked survivors, lines of officials in uniforms at microphones, politicians pushing each other out of the way to convey their “thoughts and prayers”. An endless stream of attention and – in a twisted way – affirmation that, “HEY! Yeah… I could do THAT!”
More and more I am of the mind that the naming of and displaying of photos of these perps should be voluntarily banned by the MSM. I suspect it can’t be banned because of the 2nd Amendment. However, if enough people were to make these networks the hiss of the world, maybe they would back off.
Also, fully aware of the over-the-top nature of what I am about to suggest, perhaps the only public media coverage the perps should get is when they are publicly drawn and quartered.
Yeah yeah… I know. We shouldn’t ever want that for anyone. Priests should never think that way, especially in light of the English martyrs and Evangelium vitae. Some will rush to say censoriously that that wouldn’t cure the problem. (Neither would changes to gun laws. A nut will find a way.) Let the virtue signalling begin! Please, libs, fall all over yourselves.
Dammit, I’m mad!
I am mad, because I have the strongest sense that the MSM is helping to create these hideous, heartbreaking events. Maybe the only MSM coverage there should be is of really bad things that happen to those who are proven to be guilty. I’m not sure what that would be like, since we don’t torture people or show executions.
But… dammit! I’m mad!
I can’t hear the network execs: “But CNN is down there with about 20 producers and cameras! If WE don’t go, we’ll lose market share tonight!”
Perhaps the prurient interests and itching ears of the public also create the market for the coverage, which in turn creates the coverage, which in turn creates the shooters, which creates the coverage, which creates the interest in the coverage, which creates the shooters, which…..
If it bleeds, it leads.
The upside is that we get to hear stories of heroic people We get to see how wonderful our LEOs and other responders are. We get to hear about amazing doctors.
But… dammit, I’d rather not have to have these events at all.
Meanwhile, dear readers, you might consider contacting schools and workplaces to find out about “active shooter” training.
Are your schools on alert?
Are your workplaces even slightly hardened and informed?
Would you know what you can and should do?
How about what you should NOT do? (For example, when law enforcement arrives don’t run at them.)
Where I am, just last week we had people come from the Sheriff’s Department in to give a presentation. I’ve thought about this stuff a lot, I’ve read a lot, I’ve seen a lot. I nevertheless learned a couple new and helpful things that day. It was time well spent.
This goes hand in glove with situational awareness.
Remember: It’s always some one else… until it’s you.
Meanwhile, dammit, I’m pretty worried about the influence of the MSM on these mass shootings.
I’m not saying that there shouldn’t be any coverage ever. I’m wondering if the perp should simply never be talked about. Never.