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Open Thread: How Would You Rate Media Coverage of the Newtown Shooting?

It's your turn to share your thoughts on the media's coverage of the nation's latest mass shooting.

In the immediate aftermath of the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, CT some people thought the news media coverage of the event was overkill, if not completely invasive.

There was criticism of cable TV networks for interviewing kids coming out of the school following the massacre, and incorrect information was reported in the hours immediately following the news breaking.

But others argue that it’s the job of the news media to be aggressive in telling these stories, and that the misinformation was only the results of erroneous information provide by officials.

How would you rate the media coverage of the of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings? Tell us in comments.      

Corbin Dallas Multipass December 20, 2012 at 07:20 PM
lol A+ would read this comment again.
Chuck Burton December 20, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Just read a report that Adam Lanza (the CT shooter) was reported to have been taking Fanapt, a psychiatric drug which is reported to have "infrequent" psychiatric side effects including hostility, mood swings, manic attacks, and others. Other mass shooters have also been on various drugs that sometimes seem ro have effects the opposite of what they are intended to have. Yet all the attention has been on the weapons the shooters have used, not on the drugs they were taking that may have played a role in causing them to do what they did.
FIFA December 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM
OT, you are better than that I thought. Things have changed a lot since McVeigh built his weapon. You know that don't you? Or don't you?
Chris W December 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Of course . It can be the gun's fault, but not the drug's fault.
Chuck Burton December 21, 2012 at 01:19 AM
If nearly all of the mass shooters were on some kind of psychiatric drug at the time of their crimes, and the drugs, at least SOMETIMES are known to accentuate the problems of patients, then it seems there should be black-box warnings on the drugs, and doctors need to be extra observant of what effects the drugs are having on their patients. I think too many doctors note a patient's problems, go to their computers, and prescribe whatever the program recommends, collect their fee and say, "See you in a month." I've seen something like that happen, personally.
Holton F. Brown December 21, 2012 at 03:45 AM
For chuck .. it's called a "rebound effect" anti-depressants cause suicides, sleeping pills keep you awake .. even anti-histamines makeyou snot out like a hose ... places like Giant and Rite Aid give printed cautions and warnings of side effects .. but it's up to the script writers (doctors) to tell their patients to call immediately if a rebound effect manifest.. as other tim .. yeah.. but in the case of the wackjobs in norway and newtown .. logistically it's kind hard to stab 69 or 26 people to death .. before some group of people getb together and open a large economy can of whup-ass...
Holton F. Brown December 21, 2012 at 03:57 AM
To frank .. ya really think you're gonna drive up to a home depot.. buy "tons" of ammonium nitrate and then head to the neighborhood gas station and pick a bunch of gallons of diesel to put in 55-gallon drums to haul down the road .. how far do you think you'll will get down the road before there's a swarm of black Suburbans .. with guys in black uniforms .. armed with night vision M-4s and a couple of thoaty men yelling: "Please alight from the vehicle with your hands raised before we blow your frelling heads off!!" also .. there are laws in many states to prevent street side dispensers of fuel to to put more than five gallons into anything other than fuel filler pipes .. also .. many stations use kerosene rathers than fuel oil .. especially in nothern climes where diesel gets thick and ooky below a certian ambient temp ..it destroys the diesel engine ...
Holton F. Brown December 21, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Look .. enough of this crap about building a OK cityb type bomb .. the Murah complex blast took months of planning .. lots of hard cash .. significant planning .. thsat and the original World Trade Center operations were very well planned .. and Oklahoma City wasn't just AMFO .. it was propane tanks, det cord ..and instead of diesel, timmy used nitromethane racing fuel .. that runs alot more than $4 a gallon for diesel ... and the World Trade Center had certain explosives "enhancements" to their AMFO that no run of the mill high school boy could ever pull off .. and finally .. pratically.. a bomb is a terrorist action requiring an infrastructure that doesn't exist with with a "singleton" or lone perp..
Amy Leahy December 23, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Agree Sean Tully. The 24/7 coverage was shameful.
Urdude December 23, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I flip-flop about this kind of coverage. On the one hand, I think the coverage encourages copy cat killers as it seems to offer them fame. But on the other hand, I think that the media should show us the gruesome, graphic pictures of the wounded and killed, to bring a more honest and chilling depiction of the reality. I know that is controversial. In general I am disgusted with the apparent desire of so many to 'be on TV.'
Urdude December 23, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Excellent word choice.
Barbara December 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I felt that while this story had to be reported and followed as breaking news, the media turned it into a 24/7 circus. The interviewing/interrogation of those little children just made me sick! And shame on the parents who allowed it. And trying to blame it on lack of gun control is ridiculous as is lack of mental health care. Mental health care is certainly available and he certainly lived in a family that could afford it. You can’t force mental health and there is no way of knowing when one might snap. One thing I wonder about is that they’ve interviewed kids, parents, former neighbors, teachers, and etc. but no words coming forth from the father of this young man. They hadn’t been divorced all that long that he didn’t know something about his son.
Holton F. Brown December 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Late in getting outb a reply .. mental health counseling isn't cheap .. many health care policies either don't cover it or have high co-pays/deductibles .. and .. the patient has to be agreeable to treatmewnt ... oh, and thwen was that story that mommy was seeking commital of adam .. also .. the father did not want to comment .. as for the interviews.... one of the things that is advised by trauma counselors for victims of psychological stress .. talk it out ..I've been there done that .. buddies of mine cops and firefighters after fatal incidents .. and another friend who had a PTSD flashback from a vietnam war battlefield incident ..as for the "circus" ,, getr real, it was a breaking news event .. with constantly changing updates ..it was multiple stories ..the victms..the survivors.. the shooter .. the first reponders... and the pro and anti-gunners ..the political reactions ...
Brook Hubbard December 28, 2012 at 03:02 PM
"Any person who plays call of duty incessantly and has a loose grip in reality, as well as easy access to weapons, is a bomb with a burning fuse." "Some, like Lanza may even be thinking they are playing a Video Game." Way to jump on the "blame the video game" bandwagon. Do you even research this stuff? There is no conclusive evidence that video games cause negative changes in behavior or personality; any correlation is simply that and what changes are observed are not reliable applied to long-term development. Also, could you please explain how violent video games caused the following... Bath School Disaster (1927) Ying Leung (1928) Midnight Massacre (1945) Howard Unruh (1949) Charles Starkweather (1958) Highway 101 Sniper (1965) Charles Whitman (1966) North Hills Shooting (1972) William Bonner (1973) Russell Lee Smith (1975) Brampton Centennial Shooting (1975) Fullerton Massacre (1976)
Sanchez December 28, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Read the Australian study that shows "Research into violent video games (VVGs) is primarily conducted by psychologists in the United States. It takes place in a controversial political context of free speech disputes and school shootings. Much of this research has shown that playing VVGs is a small to moderate risk factor in later aggressive behaviour, at least in the short-term. However, over the course of this review a number of problems emerged with these findings that reduce their policy relevance. Critics have pointed to the difficulties of defining and measuring the violent content of video games. Researchers have not devoted sufficient attention to the question of severity of violent content (eg, cartoonish violence vs realistic violence) and whether it has differing effects. Some studies appear to show games featuring cartoonish violence are just as harmful as games featuring realistic violence. It is not known whether socially acceptable violence (such as in the course of playing sports) has a different effect to antisocial violence."
Sanchez December 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
"Critics have also pointed to problems with the concept of ‘aggression’ used in the research. They argue that it is imprecisely defined and measured using unstandardised tests which may not apply in the real world. In addition, the effects of violent video games on aggression tend to be quite small. However, because they are played repeatedly by large parts of the community, they may still be a cause for concern. There is some consensus in the research that some members of the community, such as people with psychotic personality traits, may be more affected by VVGs than others. However, there is mixed evidence as to whether VVGs have a greater impact on children."" A number of other findings of this review arguably reduce the policy relevance of VVG research.  There is stronger evidence of short-term VVG effects than of long-term effects.  The possibility that third variables (like aggressive personality, family and peer influence, socio-economic status) are behind the effect has not been well explored.  Researchers who argue that VVGs cause aggression have not engaged with or disproved alternative theories propagated by their critics.  There is little evidence that violent video games have a greater impact than other violent media. In conclusion, research into the effects of VVGs on aggression is contested and inconclusive."
Sanchez December 28, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Some of us do the reading and some still do the denying.
Sanchez December 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Another report to read. http://www.snjv.org/data/document/school-and-violence.pdf The conclusions are not the same. "THE RESEARCH ON VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES: A BRIEF OVERVIEW Speculation regarding the potential link between violent video games and school shooting events is not limited to politicians and media ‘talking heads’. Indeed, several scholars have explicitly linked academic research on violent video games with school shooting incidents (Anderson, 2004; Anderson & Dill, 2000). Bushman and Anderson (2002) suggest that even the 9/11 terrorist attacks are relevant to the media violence debate. Is there a basis for this generalisation, however? " The issue is by far a settled one but any links must be a part of this conversation. Just as the 38% of ALL MURDERS by ONE demographic group in the country, mostly with handguns, must also be part of this conversation.
Tim December 28, 2012 at 04:01 PM
It always cracks me up when I hear people suggest that video games are dangerous when there's honestly not much more dangerous then having your intellgence slowly sucked away by the boob tube. There are so many more benefits to video gaming over television - but as with anything else, keeping reasonable balance in one's life is goal #1. I've been a lifelong gamer really, but everyone's surprised when/if I do mention it.
Tim December 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Eh, some of us clearly have more time on their hands (i.e. Sanchez/Joe/whatever his handle is these days)
Holton F. Brown December 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Brook .. another thing to remember is that people in the USA aren't the only ones that play those violent video games .. I have on good authiority that people in Canada .. the UK .. France ... China .. Japan .. just about all the nations of the .. well, maybe not Sikkim anf Bhutan ... North Korea .. play violent video Games ... and with Gran Theft Auto .. why are auto thefts down .. and not up .. if we're going to censor games .. and TV .. and the printed word against violence.. then we better get ready for 24-hour a day Norman Vincent Peale and the Brady Bunch ..oh.. and don't forget the purple dinosauer.. " you love me, I love you ..." there's nuts in this wqorld and even though they might denied a trigger .. sooner or later thgey'll blast off .. by the way .. what exactly was the violent media trigger that got Vlad the Impaler and Jack the Ripper going??
Sanchez December 28, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I don't play games so yes, I have more time to read such things than you do. Tim, no where can you find that I said these games "are the cause". I only posted a few studies that say it CAN be in certain people. Just as some people can be set off by someone else into an angry fit and do something terrible. IF you had even read what I posted you would have read this "The issue is by far a settled one but any links must be a part of this conversation." I made no claims one way or the other. Just showed the results of a few studies.
Tim December 28, 2012 at 05:07 PM
You'll have to pardon me as I actually do have a job I work at during the day. As I've told you in the past, I'm not going to read 6 articles you copy/paste portions of. You need to, at some point in time, learn how to consolidate your arguments for those of us not sitting at home every day, making Perry Hall Patch your #1 priority day in and out. That said, I do agree with your summary above. I honestly feel gaming is much better for you as a person then watching the same amount of television. You develop all sorts of skills you can apply to sports, work, and outside life if you choose to apply them. As with anything though, finding the balance is the key. If you are a parent, you need to foster that balance in your children. As an online/MMO gamer myself many evenings, I am acutely aware of the multitudes of people of all ages who allow online life to replace real life - many times for no good reason. Marraiges get wrecked, jobs get lost, children don't get properly parented, etc. In Lanza's case, I can honestly understand why he would resort to online games. This was NOT a normal kid and it wasn't his fault he was born how he was. This was a progressive parental failure on his mother's fault that she only, at the last minute (so to speak) recognized. Let's remember, if she didn't have the advanced weaponry IN THEIR HOUSE, Lanza likely wouldn't have access to anything more then perhaps a handgun.
Tim December 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Japanese video games / online MMO games are generally more violent(na dless restrictive) then US versions of the same game, from my limited exposure to them. Yet when the great earthquake/tsunami and subsequent Fukushima meltdown occurred, you saw what the Japanese people were made of. Made me embarassed to be an American honestly, comparing how they dealt with disaster compared to, let's say, Katrina here.
E January 03, 2013 at 05:07 PM
It was reported when the police found the mother's body they searched the house and said there were no medications found at the home.
Shawn January 09, 2013 at 09:51 PM
You mean "Like ALL the past mass shooters". Every single one of the past mass shooters in this decade was under the influence of one or more doctor prescribed psychotropic drug before and during their murderous shooting rampage. Yet somehow these facts are swept under the carpet and not discussed on the mass media in an organized effort to restrict American liberties. If safety is the concern then it's obvious banning all psychotropic drugs is the only answer that will be effective.
Holton F. Brown January 10, 2013 at 04:54 AM
The point that Shawn is missing is that people on pyschotropic drugs should not be allowed access to firearms ..it's that little graph on the quesionaire that asks about mental health treatment, confinement and/or certain drugs ..
Shawn January 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM
The state run media can not report let alone investigate the psychotropic drug connection between every single mass shooting event because it would distract from the unconstitutional organized campaign of disarming of American citizens.
Shawn January 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Actually the point concerning psychotropic drugs is simply patients taking these drugs should be under supervision at all times, or taken off the psychotropic prescription. A normal person does not murder children, however anyone on one or God forbid a cocktail of psychotropic drugs can and has committed these atrocities. When 100% of the mass shooters were under the influence of one or more psychotropic drugs, the answer to stop the violence is BAN all psychotropic drugs period.
Buck Harmon January 10, 2013 at 02:24 PM
America will never be perfect....it's like trying to maintain a beautiful,weed free lawn while being surrounded by others that don't really care....from time to time big ol healthy dandelions will pop up...goes with the turf...no matter how many times we spray the lawn with chemicals to keep the weeds out, they will always regrow...to many chemicals are very dangerous..

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