I have passed into the angry portion of the stages of grief. I’m angry that some kid who obviously needed help took so many innocent lives. I’m angry that a gun owner took no measures to secure her guns from this obviously disturbed young man. I’m angry that assault weapons are sold over the counter to anyone that wants one. I’m angry that Autistic kids around the world are being looked at differently today because of ignorance and misinformation. That leads me to why I am most livid – THE NEWS MEDIA. Shame on them.
What happened to checking facts before reporting them? There was too much misinformation during the coverage of this tragedy. I’d like to shake every one of those jackasses who sat in front of a camera and spouted one untruth after another. They mislead the public time and time again. Most of what they reported was totally bogus and to what end? Rushing to get the next tidbit of information out, in order to be the first with “Breaking News,” just infuriates me. Then, even after some of the “facts” they reported were proven to be untrue, they continued to repeat the falsehoods. The police spokesman would say the stories they were reporting had no basis in fact, but even that didn’t stop them. Shame on them.
There was a lot of misinformation, but what absolutely tipped the scale for me was the claim the shooter was Autistic. Would it have been too much to ask for someone to contact an Autism specialist, before they set an already maligned group of kids up to be bullied and feared? If you don’t think that was the reaction, call a school administrator and find out how many calls they fielded this weekend, asking that Autistic kids be separated from the “normal” kids. I’m not making that up. It is happening all over the country. Worse though is the fact that they reported it in the first place. They ran with an unverified story, and then after the fact asked the experts who told them in no uncertain terms, preplanned acts like this are not symptomatic of Autism. Yet, they continue to say, “We understand he may have been Autistic.” Shame on them.
Accountability went out the window. Where is the apology from the news outlets? When are they going to say, we’re sorry we put ratings above truth? When are they going to start reporting the facts and not making them up as they go? I thought the election coverage was bad enough, but this - this makes me sick. The behavior of the news networks during this tragedy has been disgusting. This wasn’t journalism. This was downright gossip mongering. Shame on them.
Get out of that town and let these people mourn. Leave law enforcement alone and let them do their jobs. Stop making up the news. I, for one, would rather wait and hear the truth than wade through all the bullshit the media has been throwing at us. Lord, help us if we ever need the truth from these clowns to survive a catastrophe. I don’t believe a word they say anymore, none of it. I thought the purpose of the fourth estate was to make sure the truth prevailed. Shame on them, all of them.
“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.” — Edward R. Murrow