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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 27
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2012-12-19 12:07:32 PM
3 votes:

ChuDogg: This doesn't affect me. It doesn't affect you.


I feel bad for you if the deaths of these children doesn't bother you.

Please don't speak for me anymore.

I don't don't send prayers. I don't pray. But, I do hope their pain subsides, even though I know it won't.
2012-12-19 10:44:28 AM
3 votes:
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 09:57:02 AM
3 votes:
I find it ironic that a reporter reported a story about how reporters are overreporting.
2012-12-19 01:47:55 PM
2 votes:
With regard to the reporters: If they did what some people apparently want and ignored the story, then the complaint would be "Why doesn't anyone care about what happened in our town?" It's a no-win situation.

I do have to wonder, being the cynical person I am, how many of the people objecting to coverage of the tragedy in their town eagerly read or viewed everything they could about an endless series of tragedies in other people's towns, countries, etc. While I suppose it's possible that the entire population of Newtown CT could consist of virtuous people who have never bought a copy of the National Enquirer, never watched bombs falling in some other country, never stayed glued to their TV for Aurora or Columbine or anything else ... I doubt it. People aren't like that. People are happy to be ghouls when the tragedy is someone else's. But what's sauce for the goose is, in the gander's opinion, totally wrong for the gander.

Yeah, harassing kids is out of line. But they do it because people buy it. Because people like those who are now objecting to it happening in their town, to their kids, buy it. There's a word for people who don't sell what the customers are buying. That word is "unemployed". What a lot of people need to look at, right here, right now, is what they as customers are buying. Why do people watch Jersey Shore and the whole thing about Honey Boo Boo? Why do they obsessively follow celebrities who are famous only for being famous? Why do magazines like People sell more than magazines like Smithsonian?

It's not only socially acceptable to be a ghoul, it's expected. It's encouraged. I have relatives who think I'm weird because I don't know or care what the Kardashians are up to.

THAT'S what we need to fix.
2012-12-19 12:12:22 PM
2 votes:

ChuDogg: I live 20 minutes from this event. I don't care.

I have a friend who teaches at the high school. I don't care.

My girlfriend and her friends went to high school with "hero" Vicky Soto, same class.

I don't care.

There is absolutely no reason any of you should care either. shiat happens. People go crazy. Children die. Happens all around the world every minute of the day.

This doesn't affect me. It doesn't affect you. Faux empathy/outrage isn't going to help anyone. Probably makes it worse but I guess that is debatable. This was a bad weekend for Chicago gang violence. Let's start there if we really want to focus on helping. 

Don't farking kid yourself that you're some selfless servant for posting prayers on facebook.


First off, you're a douchebag. Absolutely no doubts about it. I can easily imagine that someone without kids will have trouble associating with this event and how awful it is, but to say that you don't care that 20 kids were murdered at school is in the absolute top tier of a-hole things to say.
There is a small subset of people who can actually have empathy for this, but there are a huge number of people who have sympathy for it, and justly so. Many people genuinely feel terrible not only for the individuals, but also that it happened in the first place.

I don't have sympathy for gang bangers. Comparing gang related deaths to 1st graders being killed while in school is an apples and cows comparison. They are so unrelated that they shouldn't even be in the same sentence.
2012-12-19 12:02:18 PM
2 votes:
I live 20 minutes from this event. I don't care.

I have a friend who teaches at the high school. I don't care.

My girlfriend and her friends went to high school with "hero" Vicky Soto, same class.

I don't care.

There is absolutely no reason any of you should care either. shiat happens. People go crazy. Children die. Happens all around the world every minute of the day.

This doesn't affect me. It doesn't affect you. Faux empathy/outrage isn't going to help anyone. Probably makes it worse but I guess that is debatable. This was a bad weekend for Chicago gang violence. Let's start there if we really want to focus on helping. 

Don't farking kid yourself that you're some selfless servant for posting prayers on facebook.
2012-12-19 10:10:43 AM
2 votes:
And yet we cannot have common sense media control. It's time to have a conversation about that.
2012-12-19 09:48:45 AM
2 votes:
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 08:44:24 PM
1 votes:
And it's so weird, because no one other than the media wants to talk about it. ER's in major cities are overtaxed because of all the broken wrists from people changing the channel so quickly. No one on the internet wants to post a single word about it. I don't understand how these media outlets stay in business when their ratings are absolutely bottoming out every time something like this happens.
2012-12-19 11:26:18 AM
1 votes:

Gulper Eel: And yet we cannot have common sense media control. It's time to have a conversation about that.


I know you're being snarky but that's a pretty good idea. Their constant drive to be first on a story mixed with an always on 24 hour news cycle has made them insufferable.

...except for election night, that shiat was hilarious.
2012-12-19 11:06:31 AM
1 votes:
So we've abused 2 amendments with one tragedy. Convenient, and economical.
2012-12-19 11:01:03 AM
1 votes:
Has the media gotten around to blaming themselves for paying too much attention to these mass-murdering attention whores?
2012-12-19 11:00:07 AM
1 votes:

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 10:55:56 AM
1 votes:

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 10:49:42 AM
1 votes:
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 10:49:10 AM
1 votes:
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 10:46:15 AM
1 votes:
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 10:39:32 AM
1 votes:
C.M.O.T. Dibbler seen setting up shop nearby.
2012-12-19 10:36:59 AM
1 votes:

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 10:35:17 AM
1 votes:

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 10:30:11 AM
1 votes:

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 10:26:24 AM
1 votes:
Anybody set up a sausage or soft pretzel cart, yet?
2012-12-19 10:24:26 AM
1 votes:
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 10:23:31 AM
1 votes:

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 10:21:57 AM
1 votes:
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 10:08:24 AM
1 votes:
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 09:44:07 AM
1 votes:
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.
 
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