Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Disgusting Media

So, am I the only one who feels disgusted at how the media is handling this Virginia Tech shooting? Part of me feels like I did when the WTC towers were destroyed, starving for more information, trying to understand why and how such a thing might happen, but the media is constantly forcing my attention to how the campus authorities should have handled the situation better, or how this shooting might impact gun control laws. It makes me sick! They are like attack dogs, trying to find the slightest angle to accuse someone for wrong-doing, placing blame on someone for such a terrible crime.

How about we place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the murderer? Of course he was troubled, and I'm sure he was terribly impacted by his environment, but why do we think we must blame all this on anything else but the person who committed the crime?

I personally see quite clearly the logic behind the decisions of the campus authorities to not shut down the school; murders happen (grievously) on a regular basis, and when they are tied to a domestic disturbance, there is usually not additional aftermath like the VT shootings. I read the VT description of the events and decisions as they took place, and I don't think I have any criticisms.

But then I wouldn't be a very good reporter, would I?

Grieving the loss of invaluable lives,


1 comment:

risen_soul said...

yeah, the media doesn't care one bit about how their reports might affect the suffering families, and encourage copycats. "Ratings" is their god.