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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:09 PM

(Puts flame suit on) Why is the media sweeping Newtown under the carpet/rug?-NRA getting to them?

I was just comparing media coverage of Littleton to Newtown.

I noticed that the media has returned to incessantly ranting about Bhengazi and the latest blizzard or weather system. CNN was interviewing Peter King this morning in a Hillary bash fest over Bhengazi. When they weren't doing that, they were covering the blizzard. NBC Nightly News last night had minimal coverage of the Newtown aftermath. They led with the blizzard, then the fiscal cliff I believe.

I thought-Oh ok, maybe this is how they handled Columbine as well. I went back into the archives located here:
http://tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/tvn-month-search.pl

Columbine led the national network newscasts every day for at least 2 work-weeks. Check it out. It wasn't swept under the carpet.

With Newtown, it wasn't even extensively covered on Good Morning America and Today on Tuesday, just 5 days after.

I can only assume that the media blew up the tragedy in Littleton, CO because George W. Bush was already running at that time and his main message was that he was going to "restore honor and dignity to the oval office" and morality in America if you recall. School shootings kind of fed into Bush's message that America was morally off track and we all know how the media was a mouth-piece for the 2000 Shrub campaign against Al Gore.

Perhaps, with Newtown and 20 beautiful little babies dead, the media and their puppet masters see the extreme danger to them-regulation of violence on TV, tighter gun control, regulation of violent video games, President Obama who they despise comforting the victims and working to end the scourge of youth and gun violence perhaps making his approval ratings go even higher.

We saw the same thing in Aurora. The media swept the Batman massacre under the rug quickly as well because I suspect they feared that President Obama being able to be comforter-in-chief and POTUS hurt their guy Romney's campaign and took the focus off Mittens.

If the focus is on Bhengazi, the fiscal cliff, and blizzards, the NRA and their Republican friends can weasel out 0of passing any meaningful legislation. Is that what the media is up to here?

If I am not being conspiracy-theory oriented, why does a massacre where 12 adults and kids are killed get 24/7 coverage for a month where a massacre where 20 babies are killed just gets attention for 4 days?

P.S.: Anderson Cooper and CNN are the only ones not sweeping this under the carpet but I suspect that's just because they see this as a way to boost their ratings, which suck. The coverage of this has been nowhere near as extensive as Columbine and I am left to wonder why...

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Reply (Puts flame suit on) Why is the media sweeping Newtown under the carpet/rug?-NRA getting to them? (Original post)
NewsCenter28 Dec 2012 OP
MADem Dec 2012 #1
NewsCenter28 Dec 2012 #3
JoePhilly Dec 2012 #2
NewsCenter28 Dec 2012 #5
Maine-ah Dec 2012 #11
NewsCenter28 Dec 2012 #13
LanternWaste Dec 2012 #10
Recursion Dec 2012 #4
NewsCenter28 Dec 2012 #6
GreenStormCloud Dec 2012 #7
Brickbat Dec 2012 #8
blogslut Dec 2012 #9
forthemiddle Dec 2012 #14
blogslut Dec 2012 #17
MrSlayer Dec 2012 #12
riderinthestorm Dec 2012 #15
OneMoreDemocrat Dec 2012 #16

Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:14 PM

1. My local news led with funerals and a piece about guns, gun control and

more women using a firing range....

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:17 PM

3. That's good to know

I also just remembered that the war in Kosovo was raging on April 19, 1999 as well, the day of Columbine. Perhaps the media wanted something else to focus on since they had been covering Kosovo since March 24 when the war started.

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:16 PM

2. The NRA sent out Bennett and Goehmert to say crazy things last weekend.

To see if those would fly at all. After some initial backlash against those idiots, a few more have stepped forward.

Then Perry tells a Teaparty group that we should arm Union Thugs, ooopps, Teachers, and the TeaParty cheered.

And then they trot out mental illness and violent games as a distraction. And then, "let's not knee-jerk" a "bad solution".

The media is now starting to play the "both sides" game.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:18 PM

5. My problem is the media seems not to be playing this story at all

Preferring to obsess over bashing Hillary who is leaving anyway over Bhengazi instead..

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:29 PM

11. Hillary is leaving over Bhengazi?

do you think she faked her concussion too?

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Response to Maine-ah (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:05 PM

13. You misread me

Sorry I meant they are obsessing over Bhengazi and Hillary is leaving anyway so why obsess over it? What's the point? Not that she is leaving over it. I know how you could have interpreted it that way though! Sorry for my weird wording! I am a huge proponent for Hillary '16. I should have wrote "bashing Hillary, who is leaving anyway, over Bhengazi instead." Bashing her over Bhengazi. Not leaving over it. Sorry!

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:25 PM

10. I've noticed the same thing...

I've noticed the same thing...

Every evening this week when I arrived home and turn on the national news, they are interviewing one biased source or another re: the tragic events. Seems like the evening news shows are devoted to getting as many eyeballs on their broadcasts as possible.

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:18 PM

4. At the risk of sounding callous, the holiday news cycle

Regular editors are off on vacation

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Response to Recursion (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:20 PM

6. The holiday news cycle could explain it yeah-Thanks!-n/t

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:21 PM

7. It isn't news anymore. N/T

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:22 PM

8. News moves faster than it used to. Also, I agree with the holiday news cycle explanation.

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:23 PM

9. It's been covered all day on MSNBC

Don't get me wrong, news outlets rotate stories as if they were radio playlists and coverage of Newtown will soon disappear until the inevitable "One Year Anniversary". I will also concede that Newtown as dropped from the lede to a secondary segment on most news programs and publications.

Just the same, the coverage has not, as of yet, been "swept under" the carpet nor the rug.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:19 PM

14. Has any new information come out?

I haven't had the Tv on for the past few days so maybe I missed it but if there is no new info it then becomes exploitation and I, for one, am glad they are moving on to other things.
Don't you ever wonder if the over exposure of these tragedies enhance the chance of copy cats?

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Response to forthemiddle (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:02 PM

17. Well, I've only been watching MSNBC

But no, no new information. The station is discussing it/covering it in the abstract - meaning the funerals that have been held, the effect on the town and of course, gun control.

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 06:31 PM

12. It only stays as long as people are interested.

 

I'm sorry to say that this is going to be put in the rear view very soon. People are already sick of hearing about it. Here's the play by play, they'll pass a toothless bill in congress, everyone will congratulate themselves and everyone will go about their business until it happens again. Nothing of substance will come out of this.

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:22 PM

15. Still a major, major focus on NPR - lots of specials and commentary PLUS updated news on Newtown nt

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Response to NewsCenter28 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:26 PM

16. I think it has to do with the media having a hard time finding the right tone to take...

 

in their reportage.

I don't really WANT to know more than I already do...I shied away from the names and photos when they were released, because it's just to awful to contemplate.

I really don't see any conspiracy, I honestly feel like they've done a fairly good job of respecting the families and the situation in general.

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