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Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by DOC44, Aug 27, 2015.
This is bad for several reasons.
And the #1 reason is that this will encourage every psychopath that wants their 20 minutes of fame. The New York Daily News is a cheap tabloid that sells papers by using sensationalism. This was a very bad decision.
I'm frankly surprised their aren't more wackos pulling the trigger out there every day. I think a large portion of the population is mentally ill and can snap at any minute. Newspapers that do crap like this are just pushing them into action.
Tabloid Journalism... Seems to be a growing thing.
Way over the line and totally inappropriate. R.I.P.
I agree with previous posts, but how do you stop it. Freedom of the press and all. If you are asking them to be decent human beings, fat chance. Too much money to be made.
Now every whacko will buy a Glock and a GoPro.
With freedom comes responsibility. Once upon a time in this country, we used to have what was called responsible journalism. Then, publishers and journalists had a sense of what should and what shouldn't be said and published.
Having freedom of speech doesn't mean you can yell "fire!" in a crowded theater.
I understand all too well. But yelling "fire" in a crowded theater is considered an imminent threat to other patrons who might be trampled in the attempt to escape the non-existent fire. In this case, the fact that other might be offended is not a threat. The only threat I see is that other whack jobs might be inspired or get ideas from the publication of the offensive photos. Probably a little to speculative to be deemed unprotected speech.
Too bad civility and responsible journalism are a thing of the past.
Mark my words, we will start seeing copycat incidences of people recording their sick cowardly acts with GoPro cameras and posting to social media. Ain't technology a wonderful thing?
Exactly. Until the early 70's you could tell the press to not divulge something and they would comply if it were important. I'm sure most have seen the parody of the Normandy D-Day invasion if it were done today. The plans would've been blasted all over the airwaves as the media tried to outdo each other. Secrecy would've been non-existent and we could be posting in German today and this forum would be "Sig or Walther Talk". Today there is no sense of ethics - just get the story out. Does it hurt someone? Tough s**t! Will it compromise an investigation? So what? Journalists are predominantly a-holes. Some do good, ethical work but have to suffer for the others.
Some time ago, I watched a series on FDR. He asked the press not to photograph him while he was getting in or out of his wheelchair. The press complied without question. I guess that was deemed important not so much to help Roosevelt politically as much as the nation needed to have a strong leader during a very difficult time. That would never happen today.
This is what I was thinking exactly. We have a significant problem that the media could help with. A leader would call the media heads in for a powwow and ask for their assistance. Too bad we don't have a leader that cares to improve our country. He is happy as a pig in slop watching us tear ourselves apart.
Reading today about the shooter. A genuine wack job if ever there was one. Found an interesting article at the Huffington Post here. The article and tweets mostly condemn this cover. But have a look at the comments section. The Huffington Post readers are focused on one thing: Gun control. Some of the comments...
See that on cable, network TV and movies all the time.