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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  • mary E Delete 2012/07/23 22:48:02
    mary E
    Well, I just got paid back! A poster just pointed out a fact that I missed! lol

    I don't even harbor a TV in my house.

    I really like to keep up with the news, but am becoming very jaded with the American media. Both right and left winger news. I have thought that the BBC, being across the water from us might be less biased because they don't have an agenda.
  • Leantom, the Economic Ratio... 2012/07/22 22:40:44
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    What's funny is that the MSM initially speculated that James Holmes may have been a Tea Partier. As it turns out, Mr. Holmes is a member of Occupy Wall Street and a registered Democrat.

    Furthermore, there's been wide speculation that Mr. Holmes shot up the theater because the main antagonist (and villain) of the "Dark Knight Rises" resembles a left-wing, pro-class warfare Occupier. It's becoming more and more apparent that the motive behind his actions was political.
  • \V/ Leantom... 2012/07/22 23:53:21
  • Leantom... \V/ 2012/07/23 00:27:14
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist

    How do you like them apples?
  • \V/ Leantom... 2012/07/23 00:47:34
  • Leantom... \V/ 2012/07/23 04:29:32
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    He's from San Diego and was associated with Occupy San Diego (he moved to Boulder, Co. quite recently).

    Get a clue, pal.
  • \V/ Leantom... 2012/07/23 04:37:47
  • \V/ \V/ 2012/07/23 04:40:07
  • Leantom... \V/ 2012/07/23 04:45:30 (edited)
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    I believe Boulder (where he went to school) and Aurora are quite close.

    To those not residing in the state of Colorado, they could be the same place for all we care.

    San Diego and Denver, however, are quite far away from each other.
  • Live Fr... Leantom... 2012/07/23 04:54:12
    Live Free Or Die
    You are speculating and you don't know this for a fact. It's dangerous to do that for the same reasons as it is on the other side. Be better than that. Right now you are lowering yourself.
  • Leantom... Live Fr... 2012/07/23 04:57:03
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    Speculating about what?

    There's plenty of evidence corroborating his associated with OWS.
  • Live Fr... Leantom... 2012/07/23 05:01:11
    Live Free Or Die
    You have a problem if you think what you're doing is right. You're ideology and/or beliefs isn't an excuse either. You just think it is.
  • Leantom... Live Fr... 2012/07/23 05:05:38
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    ok, I now see that you were responding to my first comment. Let me explain myself.

    I speculated that Mr. Holmes may have shot up a theater because of the conservative bent of the DKR. While I don't have proof of this, it's certainly a possibility given Mr. Holmes's previous associations (i.e., Democratic Party and OWS). I'll leave it at that.

  • Live Fr... Leantom... 2012/07/23 05:10:18
    Live Free Or Die
    Mmmm, at least the Democrat who made the odious mistake of crossing over from reporting real evidence to speculating corrected themselves - you, on the other hand, are free to run with it as you like. I still think you're wrong for doing it.
  • Leantom... Live Fr... 2012/07/23 17:43:43
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    I'm not speculating about the person's party affiliation or OWS participation. Those are facts.

    On the other hand, I will admit that my thoughts about his motive are purely speculative.

    However, I don't care.
  • Live Fr... Leantom... 2012/07/23 18:59:46
    Live Free Or Die
    Your thoughts, nor your source are credible. If you don't care, then move on.
  • Leantom... Live Fr... 2012/07/23 19:58:08
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist

    I suspect that this guy's a leftist in the tradition of Jared Loughner. He's certainly not a Tea Partier.
  • Live Fr... Leantom... 2012/07/23 20:19:06
    Live Free Or Die
    Funny, if it's true, why did he shoot a Democrat in the head? That's not really something to shrug over. I'm moving along now, K?
  • Leantom... Live Fr... 2012/07/23 20:34:06
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    Uh-h-h-h... Apparently you aren't aware of the literature Jared Loughner was reading (or the fact that he voted for the person whom he shot).
  • Live Fr... Leantom... 2012/07/23 21:34:12
    Live Free Or Die
    You lie and you are a sick person. I don't usually block people, but I said I was moving along and you're incapable of respecting it. Time for you to go.
  • \V/ Leantom... 2012/07/23 05:15:16
  • Leantom... \V/ 2012/07/23 17:44:51
  • \V/ Leantom... 2012/07/23 19:05:40
  • Leantom... \V/ 2012/07/23 04:41:30
  • \V/ Leantom... 2012/07/23 04:51:49
  • mary E \V/ 2012/07/23 03:29:56
    mary E
    Oh, \V/, you are just wonderful, don't you know? You mount a nasty little attack on a poster who simply presents the news he has heard, without even giving his own opinion. And your spill is complete with foul language, sarcasm and speculation.

    What a wonder you are! Looking forward to you next words of wisdom.
  • \V/ mary E 2012/07/23 04:13:14
  • mary E \V/ 2012/07/23 05:03:12
    mary E
    Sarcasm? No, no.

    Enjoyed some of the videos you posted.
  • Live Fr... mary E 2012/07/23 04:55:02
    Live Free Or Die
    He's not "simply reporting the news he heard". He is speculating as if it's a fact.
  • Common Sense Conservative 2012/07/22 21:44:41
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Common Sense Conservative
    No chance do I trust the media. Anyone that does is either blind or dumb. And if they aren't one of these, then they can't be trusted either.
  • yogamar... Common ... 2012/07/22 23:49:58
    I cant agree with you more
  • Ericka 2012/07/22 21:19:03
    No, I don't trust the media.
    I don't trust the media in general, as most of them practice lapdog journalism and sensationalism for sales. However, we can pretty much get some good things from Brian Williams because he tries to be more objective and nicer in his reporting style. Many other reporting sources are pretty biased in one direction or another, regardless of what political agenda or "side" they seem to support. People need to keep their heads on their necks a LOT straighter than what these "sources" try to incite about and use their own good, solid reasoning abilities.
  • Ericka Ericka 2012/07/22 21:20:29
    Then again, a guy standing outside the movie theater with an assault rifle saying "I did it, I did it!" IS a pretty dead giveaway (no pun intended).
  • Madeline M. 2012/07/22 20:51:42
    Yes, I trust the media in breaking news reporting.
    Madeline M.
    I depends on the news station and tragedy is the only thing I trust the news to report.
  • Live Free Or Die 2012/07/22 20:28:15
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Live Free Or Die
    It was speculation without more facts in evidence and dangerous. He should be fired.
  • \V/ 2012/07/22 19:07:23
  • Turings... \V/ 2012/07/22 21:38:16
    That's not a warning. It's a 'how to' aimed at anyone susceptible to their machinations.
  • Diane Spraggs Yates 2012/07/22 18:56:51
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    I do not trust media at all it has a leftist slant PERIOD
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/07/22 18:51:07
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Keegan The Fabulous
    You're a human, not a sheep. Don't let a single news source be your shepherd.
  • KarenInKenoshaWisconsin 2012/07/22 18:37:53
    No, I don't trust the media.
    Mainstream media is going to try to appeal to the masses and hop all over any element(s) of his supposed **identity** or any visuals while the story is still fresh but his **behavioral** patterns and **mental health** were causative and far more revealing. They're more difficult and labor intensive to gather, understand and present, however.

    I wouldn't look major media to be truly educational or exhibit a certain caliber of inquiry. What they offer is too mixed with the entertainment industry and they're owned media corporations controlled by media moguls for whom money and power are the bottom line. Period.

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