“TURN OFF THE NEWS… 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.” – Morgan Freeman
Well after putting this up I heard that it was confirmed Morgan didn’t make this statement, but it’s still a very good one.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS:
I don’t watch the news. The only thing I check news for is the weather, and now there’s an app for that. I sometimes get into debates with friends that tell me I’m not informed. Yeah ok, of what? What am I missing? There’s nothing positive to learn by watching the news. Haven’t we already learned that? The media is a machine that works to keep you conditioned in a state of worry & fear. If something major is happening in the world, you’ll know about it. Chances are the media will try to hide it, twist it, or distort it anyway, while showing you something else to keep you busy. So you never really do know 100 of the truth. So what am I missing again? A great government distraction to keep us all plastered to the TV like zombies? You don’t need to see, hear or watch it again. Why? What for? So you can keep feeling horrible? Over and over again? I can’t tell you how many times I saw the Twin Towers fall on the news. Over and over and over… We never did hear anything about the truth and we still aren’t learning much. You can’t believe the news, or the media, it’s all controlled anyway to feed you a constant string of bullshit. Wake up, turn that shit off, take a walk outside, be in touch with nature and each other and what matters, not these news reports that keep perpetrating the same bullshit over and over. CJ