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Media at It Again, Breathlessly, Senselessly Promoting Spree-Murder

August 8, 2019 - 7:15am
Part of CNN's "exclusive" El Paso mass-murder coverage
Part of CNN's "exclusive" El Paso mass-murder coverage

CNN and MSNBC are running non-stop, newsless murderer promos. ... This is the right time to remember the “Don't Inspire Evil” Initiative.

News outlets that feature and name mass murderers border on criminality. They don’t advance news, they encourage copycats. Reporters, editors and producers know this, they’ve seen it, they’ve been warned by police, doctors and their own watchdog agencies -- plus the criminals themselves tell them so. “But it increases our audience and revenues!” they cry (or silently admit). It could hardly be more despicable or corrupt.

Alan Korwin
Alan Korwin
“In the first 90 seconds on any news channel you’ll get all the news you’re going to get,” said Alan Korwin, the publisher at Bloomfield Press. “Where it happened, how many dead and injured, what was used, and pointless speculation on why, which is unknown. After that it’s just lurid and morbid repetition, endless background “B-roll” image loops and talking heads, with armored police and hypnotic flashing lights,” Korwin notes. “The media know it, viewers know it, and crazed criminals waiting to act know it. It encourages them and they tell us so, but media continue the cycle of blood and headlines anyway.”

Images of victims, families, crying, and especially politicians using it to campaign violate news-media ethics codes. Demands to disarm the public that did nothing are detestable and abrogate basic human rights. Failure to examine the deterioration of society's fabric, the family unit, the education system and basic morality that breeds these monsters is a breech of the public trust. Chris Cuomo of CNN was seen on air wearing a T-shirt instantly made to profit from a recent tragedy in El Paso (which now has a new twisted pronunciation), and instead of a well-deserved scold, his partner Don Lemon chimed in, "Get me one!"

“Refrain from gratuitous or repetitious portrayal of mass murderers’ names and images,” is the theme of a campaign at Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, a civil-rights group celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The media have ignored this year after year.

"But news outlets relish the chance to sink to the lowest sensational interest," the group insists. Displaying names and images of the most heinous mass murderers on page one motivates those psychopaths. Conferring fame on murderers is not “news,” it is a corrupt financial misuse of the public trust and exactly what the murderers seek. Mass-media outlets profiting from mass murder deserve scorn, boycotts and open recognition for incentivizing copycat murder and societal decay. Promoting murder products should get them fired instantly. What sort of producer allows that to air?

Police know the media encourage criminals and police vehemently oppose this. Medical and psychological authorities recognize the effects and publish professional papers denouncing the practice. The public sees it, has abandoned the so-called “news” in droves and lost faith in legacy media. Meanwhile, mass-media personnel laugh it off, vilify the right to arms, conflate murder with shooting -- a righteous tradition and fine American sport that’s bigger than golf -- then drink at their elite award dinners, rake in cash from useful idiots, and feign ignorance as audiences shrink, credibility evaporates and the public is revulsed.

We call upon the Fourth Estate to wake up to their self-evident complicity in mass murder. Stop publicizing the names, faces and spiels of heinous criminals. Ask political candidates if they have any programs for teaching the public about their right to arms, the proper use of firearms, or the role guns play and have always played in the preservation of peace and freedom. How is it this never gets ink? It's blatantly obvious media do not cover the subject, as if it was a new electrified third rail in politics. What are they afraid of? Have they been told to censor themselves?

Alan Korwin is publisher of the Bloomfield Press, the country's largest publisher of gun law books. Its website, gunlaws.com, has links to firearm laws in all 50 states.​

Comments

"B roll" hasn't been a thing since news coverage went from film to video, about 50 years ago.

What an uplifting set of comments! And congratulations to whoever threw the lowest blow! How bout we just pass the Assault Rifle Ban already? Even a majority of Republicans now support it. Then we can all get back to the racist vs socialist stuff which everyone seems to enjoy.

My rifle has never assaulted anyone. And NO the majority of Republican DO NOT support a ban on scary-looking rifles.

I cannot afford to live in an expensive neighborhood. I need the security to be able to defend myself and my young children. Please don't take away the only thing that I have for security. While you may think you're going after just one category of "guns", it will surely be a slippery slope that eventually puts me in danger without protection. The criminals will use whatever they can get. Please don't put my children in danger by taking my protection away.

So, you can't afford to live in an expensive ("exclusively white"?) neighborhood, but you can afford assault rifles and the danger they and other loaded firearms in the home expose your children to (after all, if they're not loaded they don't offer much security, now do they) . . . . . . . . Trump fear, working it's magic . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . . .

What an insensitive azzhole you are.

Thank you...and please ignore the ridiculous comments from those who have no idea of what rational thinking is. Assault weapons, (which were very easily defined when we DID HAVE a ban), and magazines with a capacity that exceeds 15 rounds, do NOT belong on the streets of our country. For the Dayton Murderer to KILL 9, and injure a score more in less than 30 seconds, tells you all you need to know. BAN ANY WEAPON THAT HAS SUCH A CAPACITY !!! Their only use is to kill a LOT of people in a LITTLE amount of time.

If you cannot see the irony in having a gun ban enforced by men with guns, then you fail to understand why the 2nd amendment was written in the first place.

Thank you...and please ignore the ridiculous comments from those who have no idea of what rational thinking is. Assault weapons, (which were very easily defined when we DID HAVE a ban), and magazines with a capacity that exceeds 15 rounds, do NOT belong on the streets of our country. For the Dayton Murderer to KILL 9, and injure a score more in less than 30 seconds, tells you all you need to know. BAN ANY WEAPON THAT HAS SUCH A CAPACITY !!! Their only use is to kill a LOT of people in a LITTLE amount of time.

Quote: "How bout we just pass the Assault Rifle Ban already?" Because there is no such thing as an assault weapon. This is a boogie man tactic. You give something you don't like a label, and then you condemn the label and attack the label. If leftists had their way and rid America of all long-guns (which is what the Florida group's language specifies for Florida), then they'd move on to pistols because that would be substituted in by criminals. The insanity wouldn't end until we are forced to eat with our bare hands because all silverware/utensils will have been banned.

Remember, 3000 people died on 911 and not a single shot was fired. It's not a gun issue, it's a hate issue.

Are the Left-Think American masses so uninformed of what is really going on in the world that they BOTHER to believe (or even) pay attention to these Fascist 'fake news channels'?

The Democrat party has embraced fascism, racism and hate. They've found something that works for them and they're going to stick with it.

For 8 years, if I disagreed with the president, I was a racist. Now if I agree with the president I'm a racist. The democrat party and its ilk are the root source of racism and fascism in this country.

History: Today is August 8th, on this date back in 1925 the militant arm of the Democrat Party – the KKK has their first National Convention

Get Trump, McConnell, and Barr the hell out of there - and then we can talk about it!

Get the entire fascist terroristic democrat party hell out of there - and then we can talk about it!

The Democrat party needs more murder sprees in order to reach their goal of fully disarming all Americans. This will leave Americans defenseless when the Democrat party tries to put their communist dictatorship in place.

The Jewish people in Germany in the '30s and '40s had guns. Did the guns help them to avoid the Holocaust? Get rid of the guns!

The American people that invaded Germany in the '40s had guns. Did the guns help them to put an end to the Holocaust? Get rid of ignorant leftists!

With the Mueller report blowing up in their faces, the Dems have replaced "Russia, Russia, Russia!" with "Racist, Racist, Racist!"

It's because democrats are fascists fascists fascists

If the shoe fits, "wear it, wear it, wear it!"

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle!

I think it is despicable that those spewing progressive laced pabulum and believe fair minded folks (with an IQ above 80) see right through their feeble attempts to manipulate the opinions of their viewership. I've been an independent for many years so I am more objective than most on these emotionally charged issues. CNN /MSNBC just reinforce the notion that they lack journalistic credibility for all to see.

So, Fox News has "journalistic credibility"? Ha, ha, ha.

Fox News is decidedly left of center.

Nobody who reads or comments here is "more objective than most" except for the occasional comment from Barbara. And since you are "objective" why'd you leave Fox News out of your comment?

More propaganda from the "gun industry". They now must be feeling their responsibility.

More propaganda from the Democrat party. They now must be feeling their responsibility.

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