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Half-Assed Media Speculation About the Batman Shooter: Do You Trust the Media to Report Tragedy?

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The news media loves a tragedy. People tune in to watch. Television news, in particular, benefits from its live coverage instead of its in-depth, thoughtful analysis. The TV news only has to show pictures or a live feed of a crime scene to attract millions of viewers. The written media criticizes mass media for its "half-assed reporting." What do you think?


REASON.COM reports:
Undeterred by how wrong they got the Columbine shootings 13 years ago, or how disgustingly politicized they turned Jared Loughner's 2011 rampage, the humans who work for and talk with journalistic outlets are again rushing to speculative judgment about Jim Holmes, the suspected Batman murderer in Aurora, Colorado.

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  • johnnyg Texas J... 2012/07/20 22:13:08
    johnnyg
    +1
    Just in time for the UN gun control treaty.
  • Texas J... johnnyg 2012/07/21 03:50:14
    Texas Johnny
    +2
    Oh yeah, that too! Stock up brother!
    come and take it
  • Ben 2012/07/20 21:48:25
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Ben
    +4
    It's all propaganda. Always.
  • overdog001 2012/07/20 21:43:53
    No, I don't trust the media.
    overdog001
    +3
    In the last 2 or so years, I have learned more about the world and current events from SodaHead than I have from any news network.
  • mae 2012/07/20 21:43:24
    No, I don't trust the media.
    mae
    +2
    Their story is guaranteed to change 4 times in the first 24hrs.
  • sammanilla 2012/07/20 21:41:10
    No, I don't trust the media.
    sammanilla
    +5
    No. They make things up.

  • BoomLover 2012/07/20 21:37:26
    No, I don't trust the media.
    BoomLover
    +2
    The "Media" has already had to retract their first assessment, which was trying to connect this to "Conservatives"....Just like Mr. George Zimmerman defending himself from 6' 2" Trayvon Martin, who was on top of him beating his head into the pavement...and numerous other cases where the Lame Stream Media has had to retract or back off some ridiculous statement they have made...
  • thє вluє wαndєrєr 2012/07/20 21:29:34
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/07/20 21:24:42
    No, I don't trust the media.
    SK-pro impeachment
    +2
    Liberals can't wait for a tragedy or a crisis to happen to blame it on conservatives, Tea Party, etc. obama stream media always at the ready chomping at the bits to politicize a tragedy and put the blame where it doesn't belong. Why don't you fascists start looking in the mirror for a change.
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/07/20 21:21:40 (edited)
    No, I don't trust the media.
    ✞Knight of Honor
    +3
    The media is really trying to downplay James Holmes's connection to the Black Bloc, a form of the Atheist Anarchist occupy movement. http://www.examiner.com/artic...
  • Shadow_Wolf 2012/07/20 21:17:27
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Shadow_Wolf
    Especially not FOX
  • jere.ch... Shadow_... 2012/07/20 21:57:03
    jere.chievres
    +2
    Fox is the only one you should trust, but since you are "Progressive" it's too much to expect.
  • Shadow_... jere.ch... 2012/07/20 22:00:07
    Shadow_Wolf
    You sir are most surely a dumb ass. Fox is one of the most bias news networks out there.
  • jere.ch... Shadow_... 2012/07/20 22:51:46 (edited)
    jere.chievres
    +1
    What a profound intellect you must have to make such a conveluted highly intellectual statement I am awed by your sheer BRILLIANCE!
  • Shadow_... jere.ch... 2012/07/20 22:58:08
    Shadow_Wolf
    Why thank you Sir. If you were not a dumbass for liking Fox I would say the same about you, but unfortunately you are a dumbass and like Fox new therefore you are quite dumb and have the head of an ass. Sorry dumbass has been my word of the day, but Fox news is really biased and I laugh at them whenever I watch. They are connected to TMZ for satan;s sake. What serious news station would do such an idiotic thing.
  • jere.ch... Shadow_... 2012/07/20 23:11:28 (edited)
    jere.chievres
    +1
    I rarely watch ANY national news services only the the Fox local station which is entirely independent and trustworthy at least they don't try to tell anyone what to think, they only do LOCAL NEWS, I get most of my other news from several websites and news from Local Radio Stations
  • teigan jere.ch... 2012/07/20 22:40:56
    teigan
    +2
    Facts get in the way of Progressive thinking. They prefer lies, that way they get to hear what they want.
  • CuresCancer 2012/07/20 21:17:06
    No, I don't trust the media.
    CuresCancer
    +2
    BTW, the killer wore clothing like are worn by the violent WTO protesters. The bad guy in the Batman movie is an Occupy protester. Maybe the killer didn't like that portrayal because it was too close to home for him.

    How long will it take for the media to make THAT connection?
  • Christine/Rest in peace Pet... 2012/07/20 21:11:33
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Christine/Rest in peace Peter Br
    +2
    Sensationalism and speculation is the norm, instead of just reporting information.
  • Lanikai 2012/07/20 21:05:38
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Lanikai
    +2
    NO, so far they have spun this mess to the advantage of THEIR point of view.

    Like the Zimmerman mess-HOW ABOUT THEY ALL WAIT FOR SOME FACTS?
  • Iamfree 2012/07/20 20:56:17
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Iamfree
    +2
    Not the mainstream media. They are leftist dimwits.
  • brutusin~ Proud Apetheist 2012/07/20 20:50:21
    No, I don't trust the media.
    brutusin~ Proud Apetheist
    +1
    Isn't the guys name James?
  • The Libertarian 2012/07/20 20:44:14
    No, I don't trust the media.
    The Libertarian
    +4
    The MSM never lets a good tragedy go to waste, especially if its a Liberal Network, ABC and its Liberal reporting were foaming at that mouth that, yes this was a Tea Party member who did this, the seed was planted and hopefully if they were right it would sprout wings and fly and if its wrong, no biggie for them, their brain dead followers will forgive them for their shortsightedness.

    Instead of blaming on some whack job they immediately (like most Liberals) jump on the It was a Conservative Tea Party member wagon who did this, just like the Gifford Shooting.

    Main Stream Media
  • aibohphobia 2012/07/20 20:39:31
    No, I don't trust the media.
    aibohphobia
    +2
    I don't trust all media, I'd use three or so sources and just use the facts that are the same from those three.
  • aibohph... aibohph... 2012/07/20 20:43:57
    aibohphobia
    +1
    Also, I usually get news from newspapers, public radio, local news, and then sites like Npr.org, unless it's tech news, then I usually go no tech crunch, and wired.
  • charles nelson 2012/07/20 20:39:15
    Yes, I trust the media in breaking news reporting.
    charles nelson
    +1
    Yes, just be patient and you will be the media one day.
  • bob 2012/07/20 20:39:15
    Yes, I trust the media in breaking news reporting.
    bob
    The news media get excited when tragedy happens. They live for it and are willing to inject view point when people are upset. So sometimes they just need to coolit.
  • Zombie Saddam 2012/07/20 20:31:26
    Yes, I trust the media in breaking news reporting.
    Zombie Saddam
    +1
    For "breaking" news, yes. Television News will be the best in giving me a live feed of events. To actually break down and understand that news? Print media, online sources and other outlets seem to be more thorough and insightful.
  • Cellar Door 2012/07/20 20:22:35
  • brutusi... Cellar ... 2012/07/20 20:53:32
    brutusin~ Proud Apetheist
    +2
    Hey what can be said they got what they wanted, a peice of history. No one will forget them now.
  • Cellar ... brutusi... 2012/07/20 21:00:29
    Cellar Door
    +3
    True, the media did just what they wanted. So good for them I guess? Haha
  • brutusi... Cellar ... 2012/07/20 21:11:18
    brutusin~ Proud Apetheist
    +3
    The good that came out of it is people became more aware of bullying.
  • BloodMist brutusi... 2012/07/22 02:44:47
    BloodMist
    +1
    If however minimally.
  • Cordingly 2012/07/20 20:20:16
    Yes, I trust the media in breaking news reporting.
    Cordingly
    +2
    Actually I would have preferred a "other" option, so don't hold me to that vote.

    What can be said? When breaking news occurs the media isn't ready for it and things are drawn up on the spot. Ever watched the news immediately after an earth quake? Twenty minutes in the reporters typically have to go off the cuff and yet stay on air.

    I'm not saying it's the media's fault for not being ready, and yes, they shouldn't draw conclusions as quickly as possible, but what about if they were to not pay attention to tragic events and go on playing shows they were broadcasting?
  • Gregaj7 2012/07/20 20:17:15
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Gregaj7
    +1
    Since I learned about the CFR, and who's part of them, plus what they do, I no longer trust the MSM about anything.
  • MarcusRP 2012/07/20 20:15:37
    No, I don't trust the media.
    MarcusRP
    +2
    After all those news outlets falsly reported Gabby Giffords dead, I've been trying to do my own research when it comes to the Colorado Theatre Shooting.
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/20 20:15:17
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Margaret Jacobson
    +1
    they are trying to get coverage "attention" !!
  • AdLib 2012/07/20 20:13:57
    No, I don't trust the media.
    AdLib
    +3
    As long as news networks are driven by ratings to attract big business advertising they will tell you what they think you want to hear. Take the profit out of news each night for an hour and see what happens. Or is that too anti American? lol
  • brutusi... AdLib 2012/07/20 20:55:09
    brutusin~ Proud Apetheist
    +1
    Sex and violence sell.
  • AdLib brutusi... 2012/07/22 16:26:10
    AdLib
    +1
    Yes, it does. Sad to think, most people get their news from "Entertainment Tonight."

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