Up for Debate: Media response to Newtown tragedy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 1:14am

What are your reactions to how the media reported the fatal Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings? How do you feel about the inevitable reports that name and show the alleged suspects in such mass shootings, particularly when it's done so alongside phrases that essentially rank the events based on deadliness? Is that an acceptable media practice or does it just encourage others to try to do worse? Finally, do social media sites — Twitter, Facebook and others — help or hurt the public discourse in such cases?

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124 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/18/12 at 12:46

g, if you know about that you must be a drug addict! *sarcasm*

By: yogiman on 12/18/12 at 1:28

Intentional murder is murder, gdiafante, whether it's one at a time over a period of time, or several one right after the other at the same time.

By: gdiafante on 12/18/12 at 1:34

Idiot, we're not talking about the act, we're talking about the tools used for the act. Use that grape of yours once in a while.

By: dargent7 on 12/18/12 at 1:34

Speaking of "hopped up".....
I got hopped up in Nashville at Star Bagel. Coffee.
In CA, Los Gatos, there's 5 cafes per block.
Personally, I get loaded on California Chardonnay.
You can buy it at Safeway and on Sundays.
I'm in heaven.
How about those Titans. Won won.
No comments from the bored of elders on this Friday's 12/ 21 End of the World?
Oh, I know....forget that and let's talk about Obama's Birth Certificate amd Muslim faith.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/18/12 at 1:49

Planet Earth to Captain Obvious.....

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/18/12 at 2:10

Oh, great.....


"A lot of young people believe this and that is pretty scary. I hear from kids who say they can't eat, they can't sleep, they're considering suicide..." said NASA scientist David Morrison. "There's a poll that suggest that 25 million Americans don't expect to see Christmas this year...I worry about those people. There's nothing that's going to happen to the earth, no cosmic catastrophe. But it's a little scary to think of millions of people who are storing up guns and ammo and machetes. I just hope they stay in their hole on the 21st and don't come out and make a mess."

By: dargent7 on 12/18/12 at 2:42

That NASA scientist in Astro-Physics has the best answers.
The Mayan calendar rolls over like our calendar.
But, aside from electing Obama as president, this country hasn't done anything remotely intelligent in 20 years.
Christ, we're still debating whether Nuns should have carry permits.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/18/12 at 3:00

When stupidity was freed, the fringe right got more than their share. bud uses it as skin softener, which is why she has no clue or a pot to pee in.i

By: Captain Nemo on 12/18/12 at 3:03

On the 22nd there will a party @ dragent house.

By: Captain Nemo on 12/18/12 at 3:05

I thought nuns had wanes?

By: Captain Nemo on 12/18/12 at 3:07

Now back to the subject. The NRA would love for the media to check on Clinton's concussion.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/18/12 at 3:17

I bet the NRA would love for the media to report on ANYTHING other than Newtown.

By: yogiman on 12/18/12 at 3:28

Good thought, dumba$$. I would love for congress to check on Obama's constitutional eligibility in office.

By: Loner on 12/18/12 at 3:50

Budlight is worried about folks being "hopped up" on pot...she does not worry about people with guns; but people with pot scare her....again, she's a poster-girl for today's GOP.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/18/12 at 3:52

The only way I'd be worried about someone "hopped up on pot" is if I were a bag of Fruit Loops or potato chips.

By: bfra on 12/18/12 at 4:04

LOL Blanket

By: Loner on 12/18/12 at 4:05

I just read that the Sandy Hook shooter smashed his computers before taking his mom's guns to that elementary school. The cops are trying to glean info from the pieces, to establish a possible motive.

They ought to interview the Lanza's letter carrier; that person (and the delivery from people FedEx and UPS persons) might be able to shed some light on this. What kind of mailing lists were these folks on?

And the shooter's father....the wealthy GE tax chief....what did he know...why did he let his son get brainwashed by his nutsy mom, the prepper?

People want to know what made the kid snap...it's a relevant question, IMO.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 12/18/12 at 4:09

You know, when you live in a fear based society and make weapons readily available to people and there's little to offer in the way of mental healthcare - are recent events really that much of a surprise?

By: yogiman on 12/18/12 at 4:46

You're late, Loner. I heard about his computer smashing last night.

By: yogiman on 12/18/12 at 4:57


Every state that I know used to have mental care facilities years ago. There was one out on M'Boro Road back then.

I don't remember when, or why, it was closed, but I believe they all have been closed for many years now. I do remember too many that were released was only taken home by their families and were "kept" on medicine.

Were they closed to save money thinking we had no more mentally ill people in the USA? They didn't know the internet was coming, did they?

By: Loner on 12/18/12 at 5:38

I hear that, Bn...the right wing media is fear-based...and the so-called, "Christian media" is not just fear-based, it's hate-based.....and sometimes it's a fine line between sanity and madness....truth be known, nobody is completely sane.

By: Loner on 12/18/12 at 7:16

The Israelis do two things right: universal health care and gun control.

This is an interesting and informative read...we should emulate the Israeli model, IMO.


"According to Yaakov Amit, the head of the Public Security Ministry’s Firearms Licensing Department, the difference between the gun laws in the US and Israel are as clear as night and day."

"There is an essential difference between the two. In America the right to bear arms is written in the law, here it’s the opposite... only those who have a license can bear arms and not everyone can get a license."

By: Ask01 on 12/18/12 at 8:41

I posted this under another story, but the more I thought about the matter, came to think this might be better here.

I've tried to be civil and reasonable, agreeing with the pro gun crowd that more laws will not affect criminals who will obtain weapons anyway.

I've tried to urge, in a friendly manner, the firearms enthusiasts to abandon the usual rhetoric and propose some constructive, middle of the road options to help keep weapons from the hands of the mentally ill.

I, and others, have been insulted, called names, demeaned and in general, had the spirit of compromise spat upon.

OK, that's fine. Perhaps it is time to step up the pressure for much stricter regulations on who can own a handgun or rifle and under what circumstances. Perhaps ownership should be denied if the applicant, or anyone in their family has a criminal record, or history of mental impairment, no matter how slight.

Before you break your keyboard from sudden, violent, rage induced typing, spewing spittle all over your monitor as you froth at the mouth, remember: I tried to be nice.

As sickening as the practice is, I hope the media continues publishing pictures of the young victims, the NRA keeps stonewalling, and right wing, conservative gun nuts maintain their rabid defense of current gun laws, crying out for arming everyone.

This might be easier than I thought.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 12/19/12 at 10:06

So-called "journalists" are actually no smarter than the average actor. They just have the "right look" and can speak the words scripted for them.