Sunday, December 16, 2012

What Part Does The Media Play

My husband and I were having a conversation at dinner tonight.  He brought up a very good point.  Why does the media need to cover tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting to the degree in which they do?  Why do they make these killers famous?

Everyone knows the names of the kids that shot up Columbine, and the guy who shot up the movie theatre, and the Amish school...why can't the media just leave it alone?  These killers are mentally unstable.  Most of them are suicidal as well... Don't you think that all the hype about "undestanding the motive of the killings" and almost glamorizing the tragedies makes these people think, "I might as well go out with a bang??"

And ENOUGH about the gun debates.  Good heavens people!!  That has about as much to do with this as talking about the price of tea in China.  What about MENTAL ILLNESS???  Does anyone but me recognize that ALL these people were messed up in the head?  And most probably showed signs all their lives.

But they did not get the help they needed, and therefore, their lives ended the way they did.

I would like to see the news just do the news, and then stop.  Leave these people to grieve in peace.  And get to the REAL bottom of the issues.  Mental illness affects SO many people in this country.  And many of them are either homeless or in prison.  And they certainly aren't getting any help there.

Mental illness has such a stigma attached to it, that's why we don't talk about it.  We try to assign blame, and figure out whose fault it is that Johnny has uncontrollable rage, and no one will help the single mom raising him.

Wake up America.  It's not about bullets.  It's about brains.

2 comments:

Robin said...

You aren't going to like this answer but this Administration has been hammering the 2nd Amendment for a while now. Every time we have a Gun Incident, the 2nd Amendment is in danger. That is why the Media hammers GUNS GUNS GUNS and how we must look at Gun Laws every time these things happen. We must TAKE ACTION if we don't more of our children killed violently. We MUST DO SOMETHING. Well, what are they going to do? Look out 2nd Amendment... this Administration is coming for YOU.

Why do we have a 2nd Amendment? Because it protects the 1st. Look out 1st Amendment. This Administration is coming for YOU. Hello NDAA. It is already in place.

Check out a blog written by former CNN Reporter Amber Lyon. She won 3 Emmys. She is also a whistle blower. And she is now telling the Real Truth about NDAA and why everyone should be concerned. And how this Administration is trying to gag the Press with it. And why the Media tells the News they want you to hear.

So, short story long: You get the News that this Administration wants you to hear. It is all Propaganda. Remember the days during the Cold War and all the Russian Citizens got were Propaganda and we felt sorry for them? Now, the rest of the world is laughing at us, because they knew we are being spoonfed PROPAGANDA. Joke is on us because we don't know it. Not very funny is it? We are supposed to be the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Turns out not so much.

Joanna said...

I wonder if under the new Obamacare system they'll cover mental health issues because that stuff isn't cheap and it's why a lot of people don't get the help they need.