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  •  CNN and NBC Interviewing the Students of Sandyhook (2+ / 0-)
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    One of the many tragedies to come out of Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut is the way information has actually come out of it. Sadly, some of the best sources of information for what happened inside Sandy Hook Elementary before, during, and after the shooting aren't your average eyewitnesses — they're children who've just gone through drama and witnessed death in front of their young eyes. That extra layer of sensitivity doesn't seem to matter to CNN or NBC, which have been broadcasting and re-broadcasting interviews with schoolchildren all day. And what little bit of detail these "witnesses" have to offer doesn't seem to be worth the insensitive nature of the questioning — at least not according to the slew of people on Twitter calling out these news organizations to stop talking to kids, immediately

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    •  The coverage has been quite sleazy (3+ / 0-)

      Showing the same pictures of crying students over and over again.  This version of "if it bleeds, it leads" has been disgusting and doesn't really add to making us better informed.

      Of course, they don't even bother to report what else is going on in the country or the world.  They'll milk this story 24/7 for as long as they can.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 02:13:23 PM PST

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      •  Tearjerker Porn (1+ / 0-)
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        I can't hit the mute button or change the channel fast enough.

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 05:33:55 PM PST

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        •  Twenty innocent children (6 and 7 years old) (1+ / 0-)
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          and six  adults have been murdered. Tearjerker porn? Is that how you view their deaths?

          "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

          by rubyr on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:37:17 PM PST

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          •  It's how the media abuses (2+ / 0-)
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            coverage of those events.  They present it in a salacious way like porn to attract and keep viewers.  It's sometimes referred to as "tragedy porn" or "catastrophe porn" by media critics.

            Instead of providing information or being helpful in a meaningful way, they manipulate audiences to keep them watching (and improving ratings).  It's what our media has become.

            I don't think GOG sees it as "tearjerker porn", but reminds us that this is the way the media sees stories like these.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:31:45 PM PST

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          •  It's how the media exploits emotions for ratings (1+ / 0-)
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            "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

            by GrumpyOldGeek on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 11:21:34 PM PST

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