Every time some asshead with a gun… you know, either a psychotic loner or a religious zealot… shows up somewhere… you know, like a school or any crowded, public setting… and starts trying to ‘fix what is wrong with society’ by spraying bullets into other human beings, the 24-hour news networks go into overdrive.
The thing is… you knew there would be a thing here, didn’t you?… that, just moments after the ‘shots fired’ reports start appearing, the news networks DON’T HAVE THE SLIGHTEST IDEA WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING YET!!!
How many times have we all watched this? News crews standing near some ongoing scene of horror, speculating wildly on all the possible details of what is still happening. When did speculation and guessing become news? It might be a lone gunman… there might be multiple shooters… a depressed loner… terrorist extremists… all tied loosely together with details… that aren’t always correct… as they trickle in… the rising body count… and so on and so on…
This over-coverage of these tragedies has led to a new phenomenon… the premature press conference. Why do we make police and government and emergency responder officials stand at a podium, often before the gun-totting perpetrator or perpetrators have even been stopped, and start giving us information that they either do not have yet, or can’t discuss… because it might be useful to the shooter or shooters to find out what the first responders are up too. Don’t these officials have something they could be doing besides feeding the never-ending hunger of the networks.
And yes, by all means, feel free to block all the streets with news crews and equipment, fill the sky with choppers, and just generally get in the way. And seriously, if you ask one more witness how watching people get gunned down made them feel, you should have your press pass revoked.
Why don’t you just go back to what you usually fill the endless void of time on the airwaves with… terrifying people about Ebola and ISIS in-between mind-numbing coverage of Washington bureaucrats not getting anything done and trying to pass the blame onto the other party.