Are Mainstream Media Promoting Murder or Working to Stop It?

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Anti-Gun Media

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)-  News media is a business. It makes money by delivering our eyes to its commercial advertisements. The media will show us anything to keeps us watching. That is bad news for all of us viewers because some people want to be the news rather than watch it. Some viewers will go so far as to kill to be on the news, and the media seems fine with that. We have data that instances of mass murders have increased due to the unbelievable amount of news coverage given to the mass murderers. Is celebrity violence real, and how do we fix it?

Let’s see how this plays out one step at a time. Narcissists are mad at the world because they want more attention. They want to be famous, and some of them will do anything to get that attention. For their part, the news media delivers fame to mass murderers. This seems like a fair trade to a depressed and socially isolated narcissist. The media gets the sensational story they want from a mass murder while the murderer gets the public recognition he craves. We’re left to clean up the bloody mess of dead bodies.

Today, the media is part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

The media might claim that their sensational coverage of mass murder is simply “the public’s right to be informed”. I’ll remind you that the public’s right to be informed is so the public can make good political decisions. I am all for free speech, but we have several examples where the news media deliberately restrict the information they make public and we’re better for it.

The most obvious example is that we no longer publicize the name of rape victims. There is a clear public purpose to that restraint. We want rapists prosecuted, and we found that victims were less likely to come forward and press charges if they were pushed into the public eye. Keeping the victim out of the news led to more prosecutions and fewer rapes in the future. The news media stayed in business even with fewer rapes to report.

We no longer publicize the name of young suicides. We used to do so, but then we noticed that youth-suicides would cluster after the first suicide was given widespread news coverage. Other at-risk teens would kill themselves in copycat suicides in order to get their name in the paper. Today, we don’t publish the name and face of the suicide in order to stop copycat “celebrity suicides”. The media has plenty of news to report without showing us the face and name of the dead youngster.

There were no mass murders at schools in 2017. We’ve seen several for them in 2018. The media coverage is now feeding an accelerating cycle of “celebrity violence”. Oddly enough, we knew this would happen. A report several years ago by the American Psychological Association estimated that we’ve doubled the rate of mass murders due to the extensive news coverage the media gives these celebrity violence events. The public has the right to know, but when does news coverage become a casting call for the next mass murderer?

It is easy to separate the public’s need for information from the media’s lust for advertising revenue. We already have examples of the coverage of rape and suicide where the media does not show names and faces. We seem to be able to report on those events very well given that small restriction. In the case of celebrity violence, the media should neither show the murderer’s face nor mention his name. How do we stop the media from prostituting itself for profit?

If I were an advertiser, I wouldn’t want my company promoted next to a mass murderer. Advertisers could demand that their promotions not be placed next to coverage of celebrity violence.

I’d like the government to help this movement. We could demand that the media stop all advertising within one hour of when the media shows the face or mentions the name of the murderer. That would take the profit motive out of celebrity violence. We could also call the advertiser and ask them to pull their ads if the station mentions the murderer’s name.

I hope that isn’t necessary. All it really takes is for us to change the channel or turn off the TV.


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About Rob Morse

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 12 thoughts on “Are Mainstream Media Promoting Murder or Working to Stop It?

    1. The main stream press is the publicity arm of the democrat party and the DNC . Therefore they are immune to any crime involving guns.

    2. Greeting…I dislike censorship. The premise in the article is incorrect regarding news media as offering news. They are entertainment venues whether for or not for profit. Recall a lawsuit filed in a Florida court by a former news reporter for Fox. The reporter claimed that the report written for airing was to be altered by management in such a manner so as to alter the information of the story. The reporter quit rather than allow the edited story to air and filed a lawsuit. While I do not recall the basis of the suit, I recall how I was struck by the courts ruling. It held that since the sunsetting of the ‘fairness doctrine’ so called news is entertainment.

      The result is what we all observe as 24/7 news that is entertainment where we choose that station or source that appeals to our prejudices. The goal of the ‘fairness doctrine’ was to assure that the airways of which we ‘own’ report accurately what is distributed. At that time there was a clear identification of news, analysis, opinion….and we as individuals could interpret it as we saw fit. Now it is plainly entertainment and we and our culture are the losers. We are compelled to search out sources that appear to be offering good information and nonetheless we must cross reference for accuracy. It requires considerable more effort to be civically responsible.

      The answer is not more censorship, rather a return of the Fairness Doctrine and/or the labeling of information accurately.

    3. Listening to NPR tonite I heard them commenting that this was the anniversary of a shooting. They do this all the time. People who hear these broadcasts may’ve never heard of the first event! So NPR makes sure they do. Talk about incitement.

    4. Young people nowdays are wanting to be media celebrities rather than rock stars, actors, etc. Violence and the reporting of it give them the opportunity to gain the fame they seek. This must stop to help cur the propagation of violence and copycat killers.

    5. Ever since Columbine there have been calls to delete the NAMES of the perpetrators of mass shootings. Refer to the incident as “The Columbine Shooting, the Parklsnd School SHooting, Navy Yard, Virgina Tech,Aurura Theatre… but NEVER link the names of the offending parties to the incident.

      That way the horror is kept in the public view, as a warning and a charge to be vigilant and prepared, but the identity of the ones doing the damage fall down the memory hole. No longer can a societal misfit expect to be remembered. The evil he perpetrated may be, but HE will disappear from the public mind. T

    6. MSM is in the progressive camp. They give too much coverage to mass shootings while broadcasting false statistics about it and they don’t cover other shootings where a good guy with a gun stops a potential mass shooting.

    7. Rob, thanks for bringing attention to the media hype created every time a mentally ill person commits one of these atrocious acts. You hit the nail on the head. The mainstream press is no longer interested in reporting news. They are far more interested in promoting their agenda, in this case, the anti-gun agenda. Mass shootings give them this opportunity. The media pays little attention to what could reduce these mass shootings .. less publicity for the offender, getting mentally ill people off the streets and back into mental hospitals and doing away with gun free zones that only attract and invite the mentally ill to do their deeds there.

      1. Russ, very well stated. We don’t hear about the gun violence in Chicago or Detroit but the media is like ravenous wolves when one of the youngsters goes sideways. The media has not changed and is just like Don Henley put it in his song “Dirty Laundry”, the media is simply pathetic.

    8. Killers typically do not become famous, but notorious or infamous. If we don’t use proper terminology, no one else will.

      1. Infamous or notorious would indicate that the perpetrators would be thought of as criminals…and we all would like for that to be the case but it simply isn’t. Kids today tend to make “famous” those killers and they are elevated to a pedestal. Hence, I believe famous is the correct word in this instance.

    9. YES, the mainstream fake news people are promoting murder. More accurately they and their minions on Twitter/Facebook are subliminally promoting the assassination of President Trump and possibly those in his administration. It all fits into the Communist methods of elevating Democrats into extreme liberals, then into socialists and finally into communists.

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