I’m not going to talk about all the junk that the news agencies have already covered. We’re already over-saturated with images, stories and in-depth coverage. It was hueg like XBox because it’s the holiday season and all. A suicidal young man went into the Westroads Mall and shot people with a rifle. Those are our facts.
What I want to talk about is the horrid response of the media. Their reactions, discussions, etc. I have a TV and radio available to me at work, and had to listen them as people would not go back to work after the word got out. It was interesting to get a full picture of the local and national media as the entire tragedy played out.
The first thing that was incessantly frustrating was that local Fox News hopped into the fray here in Omaha with POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK IN OMAHA NEBRAKSA as their headline in big red letters. So we flipped over to the national Fox News cable channel, and it was these two news people going back and forth about how this could be Iran’s response to US pressure on the nuclear issue. I was “WTF?” Fox News took my #1 Retarded News Syndicate Award.
CNN then came along and started pulling in all these strange and obscure “professionals” to talk about the wide range of possible theories. One or two gunmen? African or European American? Is it related to President Bush’s visit? How does it connect to Columbine, Virginia Tech, the earlier mall shootings, the Clinton hostage guy, etc? Which of the thousand motives could the shooter have? And it didn’t stop. It just dragged on and on and on. No facts, just all these theories. The kicker was this police specialist who sat there and talked out his ass the entire time. They got second place behind Fox.
The ABC news people got third place. If not for the stupid blonde in the parking lot constantly going “um, ah, uh,” then for the HOW SAFE ARE MALLS?!?! piece they did, basically going over every worst case scenario that – if I were totally oblivious to reality – would make me afraid of shopping period. They had some real winners asking questions, too. Right after the police spokesman said, “We don’t have any information about the shooter,” the ABC reporter then blurts out, “DO WE KNOW HIS NAME?” They should have clubbed that guy over the head – he asked redundant and moronic questions the whole time.
KETV was doing well until they actually started interviewing a friend of the shooter live. The first thing out of this kid’s mouth was, “He wanted a spectacular scene, and he sure as Hell did the job YEAH!” throwing up a gang sign. Right there, the lady should have stopped the live interview and did the rest of the interview on tape. However, robo-reporter lady had an agenda. She didn’t listen to his replies, she just asked questions. And it was disgusting and bad. Really bad. I didn’t want to stomp on the kid’s head – I wanted to stomp on her head.
KMTV actually did the best reporting. I was actually surprised, based on their previous idiotic reactions to the bridge collapse tragedy. They mostly stuck to talking about facts, not breaking down on camera or asking stupid questions. Most of all, they didn’t keep dragging people through the wringer who were in shock. Kudos to them.
I think everyone needs to decompress and just stop talking about it for a little while. I had to break up the crappy rumor circle in the middle of the office this morning. Yap yap yap. Let’s not dwell on the tragedy, because it’s awful enough that it had to happen here. Let’s go back to work, and return to normalcy if we can.
EDIT: If I have to hear one more “NRA” or “owning guns” at-fault statement from all of the big national news syndicates, I’m going to start hurting idiots.
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