If you are tempted to share the quote with your friends and family, it would be best that you didn’t for the mere fact that Morgan Freeman did not express any of those thoughts.
Regardless, it seems as though many people agree with these statements so I will address them anyways. For a copy of the Freeman statement see below.
I will discuss this statement in a list form in order for simplicity for the purpose of clearly stating a few key points.
1. If I were a parent and my son or daughter had just been murdered in cold blood, the absolute last thing I would ever want would be for news stations to publish the name of my child to the world. That is a complete invasion of privacy. It breaks all code of journalism ethics and would only do more harm to the families of the victims than it would to benefit them. I would not want the world entered into a crisis that I personally and my family are suffering. I would be known as the father who lost his kid in that elementary school shooting and it would constantly haunt me for years to come more so than it would if my child’s identity remained private.
2. By broadcasting these stories and creating such an emphasis it brings these problems to the attention of the general public so that genuine action can be taken and so individuals can start to address and change the conditions that allow for these events to occur. If they weren’t broadcast to the U.S. and the world, nothing would be done to prevent the next one.
3. The burden of providing accurate and up-to-date news is on the shoulders of journalists and the organizations they work for. If you read or heard this story, the first thing that would be asked is, “Who did it?”
4. To suggest that the reason these individuals decide to commit these acts of evil is out of mere desire for fame or attention is completely ignorant for the fact that it displays complete disregard and lack of knowledge of psychoanalysis and conditions of these minds. The purpose was not to compete with previous sick actions or to be known in history books, these people were sick and twisted in the mind and had more reason than that previously mentioned.
With all this said, I am not stating that mainstream media is perfect or that it is not flawed. I’ll be the first to criticize the media when journalism excellence is not withheld and represented correctly. Nevertheless, these statements made were very ignorant and provided a very uneducated point of view. Turning off the news will not prevent these acts and won’t help solve them, you just won’t hear about them anymore. They were happening before the news covered them and will continue to occur after they are covered. The problem with America is that people don’t take the time to educate themselves and become well informed. It is easier now more than ever given the fact that all you need is your cell phone. If anything, America needs to watch more news that is relevant rather than worrying about pointless topics that are not important in the world they live in. Do not let celebrities tell you how to think. Think outside the box and THINK FOR YOURSELF!!!
For those of you who have not read the statement or want to refresh your memory then here it is:
“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.
It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.
CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.
You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”
Author: Evan Bates
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