TV news feeds the beast | Constant Curmudgeon

By John Pierre | Jun 19, 2014

On June 10, there was a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon… a suburb of Portland.

As is the usual procedure for network television reporters, the tragic incident was given nationwide coverage for the majority of that day and with lengthy follow-ups for several days thereafter. Dozens of remote TV vans were lined up on most of the streets surrounding the school.

Everyone who even knew what day it was was interviewed ad-nauseum. As I write this it is after 5 p.m., and though the shooting happened at around 8 a.m. the TV is still reporting on every aspect of the day.

It was said to be the 74th shooting incident since the massive one at Sandy Hook. In this incident the loss of life wasn't great but significant. A freshman teenager was killed and a couple other people slightly injured before the shooter ended his own life.

I believe these frequent shootings could be greatly reduced (not stopped) if the TV networks would shut their yaps! A simple news report should suffice without making television headlines to those many other nuts who are thinking that they might take their opportunity to go down in history for either random or pre-planned killings.

In some cases, these murderous creeps are trying to be "understood" by the reporters. Either they were mistreated at home or in school. What are our friends on the tube trying to do? Make them sound like Robin Hood, trying to correct the ills of the world around them? Let's face it… they are simply nuts!

With television networks, it appears that they are grasping for a sensational story, and the devil with normal people who are sick of hearing their blather. Half of them talk about the "lenthy" (not realizing that the "g" in the word is not intended to be silent)) wait for further information. I can attest to the fact that their drawn-out presentations are indeed much too LENGTHY.

It is too bad that our involvement with television is causing much of the misery that happens in this country of ours.


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