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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:51 AM

I find most of the coverage of the Newton shootings to be disgusting. [View all]

I know this may be an unpopular thing to say and I'm sure I'll get some hate, but I'm sick and tired and frankly not a little disgusted at most of the coverage of this disaster. It's been the same with every mass shooting I can remember and frankly every national tragedy.

The false tone of sadness and disbelief in every reporters delivery hour after hour, the continual asking of "why", the tragic music plaid over and over to scenes of children, parents and funerals all to oh so subtly tug at our heart strings. It's sickening, and honestly horribly disrespectful and emotionally harmful to those who have actually been affected by this horrible tragedy.

Why do we love "tragedy porn" so much? Am I the only one who things it's sickening and frankly emotionally harmful to all of us?

YES this is a horrible tragedy, yes this is one of the worst things to happen in america in a long long time. I am horrified and saddened by this event. But like so many other events, I don't know anyone personally involved and frankly because of that, being horrified and saddened for a period is ALL THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE.

I don't have the right to emotionally bash the country over the head with this day after day playing drippy violin music in the background while interviewing psychiatrist after fake psychiatrist and asking "why" every hour. It rings of false emotions that we can't possible all feel, unless we were personally affected by it, and it's frankly emotionally harmful. And it's particularly insensitive to those who HAVE been directly effected by this tragedy.

How about this for a change. Instead of interviewing parents, teachers, classmates, siblings, aunts, uncles and god knows who else and purposefully dredging up horrible emotions just for ratings (tragedy porn is good for them ratings). Instead of that, why not devote a few of those hours of air time to actually looking at what is REALLY behind all this.

Instead of asking asking the rhetorical "why" and letting your voice trail off to false emotional effect. Why not ask "WHY!" in the form of an investigative journal piece on our gun culture. Why not put together real hard hitting journalism that seeks constructive solutions to this problem. I've seen a few small pieces here and there but not nearly enough!

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