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(Denver Post)   Newtown to the news media: Thanks so much for invading our town, pestering our citizens and endlessly dissecting our pain. Can't stress how helpful that is for us   (denverpost.com) divider line 121
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2012-12-19 09:44:07 AM  
Don't worry, once we get some sort of settlement on the fiscal cliff situation, they'll all be long gone and no one will care anymore.
 
2012-12-19 09:48:45 AM  
Pro-tip: pass a five dollar excise tax on hot caffeinated beverages for a week after any major tragedy. If you're gonna be infested by newsmongerers, at least make it worth your while.
 
2012-12-19 09:51:36 AM  
Everyone should be required to read Drews book in high school. Not only would we the citizenry be better informed, we also would have the SuperDome for fark parties due to Drews riches 
 
2012-12-19 09:57:02 AM  
I find it ironic that a reporter reported a story about how reporters are overreporting.
 
2012-12-19 10:00:45 AM  

b0rscht: I find it ironic that a reporter reported a story about how reporters are overreporting.



bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam...
 
2012-12-19 10:06:42 AM  

b0rscht: I find it ironic that a reporter reported a story about how reporters are overreporting.


This should have been the headline instead.
 
2012-12-19 10:08:24 AM  
Reminds me of the movie "The Right Stuff." Everytime the media went after the astronauts, there was the sound of swarming bugs.
 
2012-12-19 10:10:43 AM  
And yet we cannot have common sense media control. It's time to have a conversation about that.
 
2012-12-19 10:12:32 AM  
Ditto.

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2012-12-19 10:15:07 AM  

cman: Everyone should be required to read Drews book in high school. Not only would we the citizenry be better informed, we also would have the SuperDome for fark parties due to Drews riches 


Did you just type that after giving him a blowie?
 
2012-12-19 10:16:48 AM  

Cheron: ThrnPhl: Why is it so difficult to spell Newtown?

Newton, a town outside of Boston where they start a race every year.
Newtown a town in Connecticut much in the news lately


You spelled Hopkinton wrong
 
2012-12-19 10:19:30 AM  
Has taking the media to task for the way the media handles themselves during a tragedy gone too far? We ask a panel of media-media experts their opinion.
 
2012-12-19 10:20:08 AM  
Don't say a word to the media. Force them to make up 100% of their reports instead of the usual 85%.
 
2012-12-19 10:20:29 AM  

b0rscht: I find it ironic that a reporter reported a story about how reporters are overreporting.


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2012-12-19 10:21:57 AM  
This wouldn't be America if we weren't high jacking other people's pain for ratings.  Advertisers pay big money for this stuff.
 
2012-12-19 10:23:31 AM  

b0rscht: I find it ironic that a reporter reported a story about how reporters are overreporting.


It means the story is coming to an end. When there is nothing new to report, reporters start reporting on each other.
 
2012-12-19 10:23:42 AM  
Been waiting for this to be said by the people involved.

Only I'd rather it have been: "Newtown to Media: Fark Off Already"
 
2012-12-19 10:24:26 AM  
So what's the alternative? We leave Newtown alone, and CNNBCBSyFy show up in December 2022 for a "School Shooting: 10 Years Later" that no one heard about in the first place?
 
I can get behind some sort of "leave the private citizens alone" rule/law (the media companies are more than welcome to self-impose that rule), but so long as newsworthy things are allowed to happen without first pulling a permit, there is no way to stop newspeople from covering it. And without a way to stop them from covering it, there is no way to stop them from overcovering it.
 
It sucks, but unless we want state-controlled media (or none at all - basically the same thing), this is how it's going to be.
 
// "more guns" seems to be the answer of the week
// so howzabout we arm the grieving families?
// that'll get a Wolf off your porch
 
2012-12-19 10:26:24 AM  
Anybody set up a sausage or soft pretzel cart, yet?
 
2012-12-19 10:26:37 AM  

cman: Everyone should be required to read Drews book in high school. Not only would we the citizenry be better informed, we also would have the SuperDome for fark parties due to Drews riches



I'm onboard with this.
 
2012-12-19 10:26:55 AM  
This is really sad, and unfortunately, par for the course.
 
I wish people could find some common decency within themselves.
 
2012-12-19 10:29:03 AM  
The rest of us are turning on our TV's and clicking every article about it........are the media to blame or the consumers in this case?
 
2012-12-19 10:29:53 AM  

Citrate1007: The rest of us are turning on our TV's and clicking every article about it........are the media to blame or the consumers in this case?


Por que no los dos?
 
2012-12-19 10:30:11 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: This is really sad, and unfortunately, par for the course.
 
I wish people could find some common decency within themselves.



Oh please.  If they didn't do this, all people would be saying is how the media can't manage to report the world in front of their face.
 
2012-12-19 10:32:50 AM  
When my buddy's wife died on their honeymoon in Monterey, we stayed on the porch for days to keep the  misery peddlers from bothering him
 
Hate media whores, more beheadings of newsies sits just fine with me
 
2012-12-19 10:33:27 AM  
I remember one day, this moron in a thread said:"how did you guys find out about the Challenger blowing up with no internet or smartphones?".


yeah, kid, we used smoke signals and carrier pigeons back then.
 
2012-12-19 10:35:17 AM  

natas6.0: When my buddy's wife died on their honeymoon in Monterey, we stayed on the porch for days to keep the  misery peddlers from bothering him
 
Hate media whores, more beheadings of newsies sits just fine with me


So you busted out the bubbly for a toast when Daniel Pearl got decapitated slowly?

You sick fark.
 
2012-12-19 10:36:20 AM  
Can't they hold a town meeting and have everyone agree that if any Newtown resident is arrested for beating up a reporter or trashing their equipment that the rest will vote to acquit during trial. They should also get some local judges to promise that they won't accept changes of venue, once the reporters figure out that the outcome of the trials has been decided.
 
Then again... the reporters may stay in town to cover the trials. Damn it!   
 
2012-12-19 10:36:59 AM  

Jake Havechek: Challenger



Ugg. I remember that day perfectly. As a 3rd grader intent on becoming an astronaut the footage horrified me. We were watching it at school in the library. The explosion made me flinch/jump almost out of my seat and I cried all day.
 
2012-12-19 10:37:58 AM  
Never let a severe crisis go to waste.
You can use it to get things done that you otherwise wouldn't have been able to do.
 
2012-12-19 10:38:02 AM  

Dr Dreidel: It sucks, but unless we want state-controlled media (or none at all - basically the same thing), this is how it's going to be.


Our local news keeps showing interview reaction of people from the area. Its reached the point where someone from the community goes on a walk and is swarmed by 20 or so people just so they can get his sound bite that day. I thought it was weird one night when the guy was laughing as they asked him questions, almost insensitive, then I realized the guy is probably on his normal evening walk he takes every day and has absolutely nothing to say other than "I'm okay, I feel bad." I'm all for free press but those clowns need media to tell them how ridiculous they the media are.
 
2012-12-19 10:38:21 AM  
Why does the media do this? Because they know America wants it. The Newtown tragedy is top entertainment right now.
 
2012-12-19 10:39:32 AM  
C.M.O.T. Dibbler seen setting up shop nearby.
 
2012-12-19 10:39:59 AM  

Jake Havechek: I remember one day, this moron in a thread said:"how did you guys find out about the Challenger blowing up with no internet or smartphones?".


yeah, kid, we used smoke signals and carrier pigeons back then.


Or were watching it live at school like I was, and I suspect many were. What a dolt.

relevant to the thread, I should find the video where a grieving family member of another tragedy tells a reporter to screw off.
 
2012-12-19 10:44:28 AM  
Get the widow on the set. We need Dirty Laundry.


/Kick 'em when they're up.
//Kick 'em when they're down.
 
2012-12-19 10:45:14 AM  
Even the Westboro Baptist asshats don't go pounding on people's doors demanding a quote.
 
2012-12-19 10:46:15 AM  
Ha - some of them at least are asking for it.

I saw an interview with some parents last night and they are all of a sudden very politically active.

They actually said they decided to strike while the iron is hot so they can effect change rather than grieve for their children who were lost.

The group I saw probably doesn't represent all of the parents that lost children, but they are digging being the center of attention right now and they fear that if they wait they will be forgotten - "a footnote" I believe is the term they used.

Talk to them.

/DNRTFA
//don't use your children for political ends
 
2012-12-19 10:48:40 AM  
"How does that make you feel"?
 
2012-12-19 10:49:10 AM  
The day it happened, saw reporters sticking microphones in kids faces. Thought it was disgusting. Changed the channel. Parasitic scumbags. They claim 1st Amendment, and all that, but I find that unprofessional, and lacking in professionalism. Is there no Accountability? Or just ratings and advertising revenue?
 
2012-12-19 10:49:42 AM  
I live in Danbury, I know a couple of the people that died. It's not just that the reporters are there trying to get a story, it's that they are extremely aggressive towards grieving families and townspeople. The more stories I'm hearing from friends, the more I just want to take a short drive and do something immature. Can you say "cock" on the air?
 
2012-12-19 10:54:10 AM  

tetsoushima: The more stories I'm hearing from friends



Are their stories like the ones from TFA? Beating on doors and such, or worse?
 
/you can say cock on the air if it is in connection to something like 'the cock' went cock-a-doodle-doo
//at least it was that was when I was in radio 10 years ago
 
2012-12-19 10:54:36 AM  
Media: "We're huge assholes and now here's a story about that . . . "
 
2012-12-19 10:55:19 AM  

Ex-Texan: The day it happened, saw reporters sticking microphones in kids faces. Thought it was disgusting. Changed the channel. Parasitic scumbags. They claim 1st Amendment, and all that, but I find that unprofessional, and lacking in professionalism. Is there no Accountability? Or just ratings and advertising revenue?


They have accountability to their superiors to get the news story by any means necessary. That's their job. They don't get paid to be decent.
 
2012-12-19 10:55:56 AM  

incendi: Pro-tip: pass a five dollar excise tax on hot caffeinated beverages for a week after any major tragedy. If you're gonna be infested by newsmongerers, at least make it worth your while.


brilliant.
Add a 40% surcharge for any "to-go" orders, too.
And a $1000 fine for using any dumpsters that aren't yours.
 
2012-12-19 10:56:22 AM  

Jake Havechek: I remember one day, this moron in a thread said:"how did you guys find out about the Challenger blowing up with no internet or smartphones?".


yeah, kid, we used smoke signals and carrier pigeons back then.


And we got along just fine and dandy, didn't we?

The younger crowd doesn't know that way back in the dark ages of 2001, almost all of us found out about the 9/11 attacks from the radio or TV. This was the same year that Nokia introduced the first smartphone in the US, the Kyocera 6035, which astoundingly combined a cell phone with a limited web browser and 8 MB of memory. Most of the technology we take for granted today is very young. Young in application anyway. The concept for the smartphone was patented in 1973.
 
2012-12-19 10:56:37 AM  

had98c: They have accountability to their superiors to get the news story by any means necessary. That's their job. They don't get paid to be decent.


I wonder what kind of person a job like that attracts?
 
2012-12-19 10:58:01 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: their



Goddammit. I'm not having a very good day today.
 
*there
 
 
wtf?
 
2012-12-19 11:00:07 AM  

The Muthaship: had98c: They have accountability to their superiors to get the news story by any means necessary. That's their job. They don't get paid to be decent.

 
I wonder what kind of person a job like that attracts?
 
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2012-12-19 11:01:03 AM  
Has the media gotten around to blaming themselves for paying too much attention to these mass-murdering attention whores?
 
2012-12-19 11:03:34 AM  

kbronsito: Can't they hold a town meeting and have everyone agree that if any Newtown resident is arrested for beating up a reporter or trashing their equipment that the rest will vote to acquit during trial. They should also get some local judges to promise that they won't accept changes of venue, once the reporters figure out that the outcome of the trials has been decided.
 
Then again... the reporters may stay in town to cover the trials. Damn it!


Yea, there's no way I would vote guilty for anything related to a parent/family/neighbor giving a pushy reporter what-for. In a decent society there are some lines you don't cross, but I assume reporters have that part of their makeup removed in school?
 
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