19 April 2007

VA Tech

VERY sad news for the Students and families of VA Tech. And now, in my new Politically Correct world (P.C. Beauregard now...) I have to ask... Why does the media have to play the "Manefesto"? Now the shooter has exactly what he wanted. He has his 15 minutes. Why not send a message to all of these idiots??? When you shoot up a school, when you butcher innocent people, you will leave no legacy.

The folks in Blacksburg have enough to deal with without having to see this idiot (I refuse to call him by any other name) spewing his bile all over the networks. When will the media finally understand that? Or are we so morbid as a society that anything will sell these days? Have we become the society just like in the movie "The Running Man"? Is Richard Dawson actually out there egging people on to watch people try to kill each other in an attempt to get ratings? What's next... Arnold for Governor??? Oh wait, he did that.

Please do not misunderstand, my friends. What happened at VA Tech is horrendous. But the idiot referenced the other idiots at a certain High School from a few years back in his "Manifesto"... If we allow the media to continue to let these jokers have a ton of air time, others will surely follow.

Love or hate Bush, he tried to change the phrase "Suicide Bomber" to "Homicide Bomber". He tried to make THOSE idiots out to be killers. The media refused to embrace the concept, and the concept was 100% accurate. I am not for the Media controlling everything we see and supressing news. But I could do without the Manifesto.

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At April 19, 2007 6:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree..this sounds too much like "you're emboldening the enemy" for my taste. Too much thought police lately.

At April 19, 2007 9:15 AM, Blogger Hollis P. Wood said...

I have to agree. Don't give him the one thing he was after. Fame. His name should never be spoken in public and he should be buried in an unmarked grave. His name along with others should not be taking up space in my head.

It is sad that the coverage of shit like this is what passes for news.

At April 19, 2007 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out there, there is a Copy Cat seeing all the media attention. Waiting his turn.

At April 19, 2007 9:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting my thoughts into words

At April 20, 2007 11:40 AM, Blogger nolagirl said...

News has to sell and news sells better with shocking or horrid headlines. I do not agree with that, but it's the truth. Of course the media can't focus on the fact that millions of people suffer from mental illness, which contribute to too many tragedies. The media has the most power to reduce or delete the stigma of mental illness. In my opinion that would greatly help to reduce some of the tragedies that occur on a daily basis.

At April 22, 2007 9:31 AM, Anonymous bloggawa said...

Honestly, evaluating how to present news of such a crime, and considering the potential consequences from presenting it one way versus the other is not equivalent to "thought police" or Big Brother. Decisions like this are made anyway.

There is plenty of evidence that copycat killers are inspired by these public rampages and the media attention they get. It's time to stop giving these disturbed individuals the free airtime they lust after--because there are many more disturbed individuals out there watching quietly and contemplating THEIR next move.

With freedom comes responsibility.

At April 22, 2007 10:16 AM, Anonymous bloggawa said...

Almost forgot--here is a letter from a mental health expert that sums it up well

Better to concentrate on the victims and heroes


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