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December 16th, 2012
02:58 PM ET

The media and the massacre

Frank Sesno, Lauren Ashburn, David Zurawik and Howard Kurtz discuss what the media did right - and wrong - during the coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre.


Filed under: Crime • Media Criticism • Reliable Sources • Sandy Hook • School Shooting
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  8. Tod

    I believe there was way to much coverage of the incident and how the media approached this. The media makes it determination and based on opinion they make a decision. The media causes more problems sometimes than it should. Report the news only. Your opinions are like anyone's. There are many people who feel the way the NRA and its members feel. DO you people not understand that we have never been invaded in this country by an army BECAUSE we have so many weapons here held by the population? Do you not realize that our right to bear arms keeps the government from having even more power over the people. The people are the power in this country and it needs to stay that way. I do not own any guns, but I know many that do and they are not bad people. Stop making those that have guns or want to protect themselves where the law will not out as the enemy. The real enemy is corporate America. If America were run by corporations, people would have no rights, such as the right to assemble(Unionize) for higher pay and better health care. I understand that CNN is a corporation and will have a different stand on this, that is the problem, take the corporation out of the picture and things will be better in the world, I bet you they would be!!!!!

    December 23, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  9. Christine Barnette

    I think so much coverage encourages such crimes. Often the motive of these types of crimes is that the killer does not want to be an unknow looser so he ops to be a famous killer. And we and media are gladly giving it.

    December 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  10. larrykelly

    Lots of code words thrown out: POLITICAL CAPITAL, ARE ANY MORE SPEACHLESS THAN DEAD CHILRDREN? NEED A DISCUSION OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. It all leads to the Progressive urge to curb freedoms under a misguided wave of misdirected outrage. If not now, when? - they fear the opportunity fleeing.

    December 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  11. Ike Ahmed

    As a psychiatrist, I have to agree with Lauren Ashburn we have to start discussing the issue of guns in our society while people are emotionally engaged in this tragedy. We can then continue the dialogue and discussion as emotions settle. If not, we will just move on to the next story. That is human nature.

    December 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  12. Sam

    CNN's coverage has been appropriate and respectful as contrasted to Fox which has been overloading commercials and slanted in inappropriate directions.

    December 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  13. consideragain

    In my most recent blog post, I examine some of the media misinformation in this shooting, the Colorado shooting, and even Columbine.

    December 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply

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