Don't spread the insanity

In wake of shooting, media leap to conclusions to push their agenda

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The blessedly rare mass public shooting isn’t predictable. But its aftermath sure is.

1) Before the blood is dry, check to see if the shooter is a conservative so the “mainstream” media can confirm what it believes about conservatives.

2) If there are no direct ties to conservative organizations, blame talk radio and Fox News for creating a “climate.” Funny, liberal rhetoric is never held to account for anything.

3) Revive talk of gun control, whether it would’ve made a difference in the incident at hand or not.

4) If there are ties to a conservative organization, blame the entire organization or movement.

As for the last item, after the Fort Hood shooting everyone on the left from the president on down cautioned not to read too much into Nidal Hasan’s ties to terrorists and his radical-Muslim rantings before and during the shootings of 13 of his comrades.

But it’s more than OK to jump to conclusions and generalize about conservatives.

This formula is used faithfully without regard to its accuracy. It certainly didn’t work so well after the Tucson, Ariz., shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and several others. The media’s knee-jerk reaction – that conservative talk was to blame, even naming names such as Sarah Palin – proved completely off the mark. If anything, evidence pointed to the troubled Tucson shooter being left-wing.

But that doesn’t mean the blame-conservatives formula has been crumpled up and thrown away. Within hours of waking up Friday, ABC News’ Brian Ross was postulating that the mass killer at the Denver-area midnight showing of the new Batman movie might be a Tea Party member.

Ross later had to recant, admitting he had the wrong guy. But the slander was complete. And he rushed it onto air because it fit the narrative of violent conservatives that the media long to validate.

This, from a media that went out of their way to avoid telling the truth about the violence, filth and other antisocial actions of the far-left extremist Occupy movement.

There are many possible explanations for Friday’s unspeakable tragedy, which occurred not far from the site of the wretched Columbine massacre. One explanation is simply mental illness – though, again, it would be folly, and more than a little offensive, to blame all of those with mental illness. Hopefully we’re more sophisticated than that.

An increasingly violent entertainment media can’t help, either. Talk about creating a
climate! Cable network IFC’s new comedy, Bullet in the Face, is said to be “rife with cinematic-level violence.” That’s saying something.

The Batman movie itself is dark and, arguably, unfit for younger viewers. One of those in the theater was 6 years old. Of an earlier, 2008 Batman movie, one reviewer noted, “But the greatest surprise of all – even for me, after eight years spent working as a film critic – has been the sustained level of intensely sadistic brutality throughout the film.”

A headline on that review referred to “a society seduced by sadism.”

When “comedies” are “rife with cinematic-level violence” and comic-book movies are too dark and violent for the young, we’ve crossed several regrettable thresholds.

This is speculation, of course, though grounded in study and anecdote – and reports say the Denver shooter called himself the Joker, an uber-violent character from Batman. It’s another thing entirely, however, to rush to impugn an entire movement, subpopulation or set of beliefs because of one person’s insanity.

That’s only spreading the insanity around.

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lsmith
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lsmith 07/20/12 - 10:19 pm
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Spot On!!!! Media response
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Spot On!!!! Media response totally predictable, totally disgusting.

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 07/20/12 - 10:50 pm
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Disgusting commentry
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Instead of politicizing this tragedy to further the AC's agenda, can't you just acknowledge this horrible tragedy and keep agendas out of your commentary.

robaroo
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robaroo 07/21/12 - 12:29 am
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Already Politicized

Some in the media are already using the tragedy for their own agenda. CNN is usually a little to the left of center. But I heard one of their commentators blaming a "high capacity" magazine like it was a major factor in the shootings. Never mind the fact that the gunman was crazy and mean and he could have reloaded as often as he wanted. Somehow the magazine was to blame.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/21/12 - 05:18 am
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Not to mention looking for a

Not to mention looking for a T Party connection! I wonder the news reporter checked checked our move on .org or the Obama reelection organization?

Techfan
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Techfan 07/21/12 - 05:56 am
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Don't spread the

Don't spread the insanity-"violence, filth and other antisocial actions of the far-left extremist Occupy movement". Advice that should be followed by the AC.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/21/12 - 06:17 am
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Hideous

I'm not allowed to say what kind of punishment we need for this kind of thug...but that is the only way to stop this crap....

draksig
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draksig 07/21/12 - 06:18 am
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Within hours of the shooting

Within hours of the shooting teh media was blaming Rush Limbaugh and Fox news claiming Right wing books and paraphernalia was found in the shooters apartment even though the police have yet to enter the apartment. I have never understood why media rush to speculative judgement blaming their preferred bad guy before even the first iota of fact is released to the public.

And it sickens me when both sides try to use events such as this to their political advantage.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/21/12 - 06:49 am
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Don't Spread The Insanity

It may offend the VICTIMS that nothing is being aired about. Remember, they are nothing but a number now.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/21/12 - 07:13 am
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What media claimed there were

What media claimed there were right wing books? Every source I saw kept showing the cops attempting entry and mentioned that the house was booby trapped. The only stories I saw relating to Limbaugh were from his previous days rants that it was a left wing movie because the bad guy was named "Bane" with Limbaugh making the jump to "Bain" and Romney (even though the character came about in 1993).

Techfan
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Techfan 07/21/12 - 07:28 am
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Why no mention of Breitbart.com?

"James Holmes, the suspect arrested in connection with the mass shootings at a screening of the new Batman movie early this morning in Aurora, CO, could be a registered Democrat, according to documents obtained by Breitbart News."

Techfan
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Techfan 07/21/12 - 07:30 am
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If Ross had only erroneously

If Ross had only erroneously accused the shooter of being a Muslim, everything would have been ok.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/21/12 - 07:44 am
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BRIAN ROSS
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Tech, we all know that Brian Ross would have NEVER accused the shooter of being a Muslim. That's just not PC. He did say there was a James Holmes registered with the local T-Party. He, or anybody else from ABC "News," conveniently neglected to report that it was someone else. Now, the usual liberals are spewing their typical left wing garbage about "hateful right wing radio and Fox TV." There is never a mention of the vile crap liberal talk radio hosts like Stephanie Miller or Fat Al Sharpton spew daily about conservatives. But, that's the lame-stream media for ya. Pick and choose what's offensive. Wonder why the major broadcast network news as well as CNN are all getting their clocks cleaned by Fox News in the ratings?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/21/12 - 07:54 am
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"And it sickens me when both

"And it sickens me when both sides try to use events such as this to their political advantage."

Right leaning media are certainly not immune; but considering there is only one right leaning news organization........

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/21/12 - 08:04 am
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Jon Lester

Your link contains no facts, just a statement there are 20 mass shootings annually. Absent any support for the author's assertions, I will have to call BS as it relates to mass shootings of strangers.
In the context of ACES commentary, we are talking about incidents where the general public is victimized.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/21/12 - 08:05 am
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"If Ross had only erroneously

"If Ross had only erroneously accused the shooter of being a Muslim, everything would have been ok."

The point is, that would never have happened would it?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/21/12 - 08:14 am
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Oh, and lastly; someone tell

Oh, and lastly; someone tell me what gun control law would have prevented this? Since it is obvious he is proficient with explosives as well, thank God he didn't go in there and blow the place up, killing everybody.

Wonder what people like him would do if a significant number of the public carried? Would he have gone in there shooting knowing that several people in there had guns and would shoot back?

Would 9-11 have been successful if a dozen people on those planes had been armed? Or any other hijacking for that matter? How many armed robberies would take place if clerks and tellers had a gun?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 07/21/12 - 08:19 am
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its another day

8:54-Game, 9:04-Set, 9:05- Match...good job.

Techfan
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Techfan 07/21/12 - 08:23 am
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Ah, the myth of corporate

Ah, the myth of corporate news being left wing. That's a good one.

bushwhacker
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bushwhacker 07/21/12 - 08:32 am
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nra

what else to say?

jic
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jic 07/21/12 - 08:43 am
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Techfan is right. I have
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Techfan is right. I have heard the story repeated by several respectable news outlets and have not heard any politicizing from anyone. AC jumped the gun here. This is one of the rare situations where the creep was caught. Rest assured the media are going to remain silent until actual facts come out and then it's fair game in the debates on assault rifles, designed for nothing other than mass killing.

TParty
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TParty 07/21/12 - 08:44 am
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Wow- this is pretty low. To

Wow- this is pretty low. To take a tragedy in another city and state, and twist it as an attack on the right/TEA Party from the media.

The liberal media is not the only one making mistakes. Sure, ABC News’ Brian Ross made a mistake,(I still don't know who he is). But so have reporters from Breitbart News. Have they recanted? Of course not.

The the editorial has to attack again saying "This, from a media that went out of their way to avoid telling the truth about the violence, filth and other antisocial actions of the far-left extremist Occupy movement.".

You do know it's possible to put politics to the side for the moment, and have the futile reflection on this senseless violence? Instead you write this disgusting and shameful article, trying to paint people wrong for assuming a mass killing was conducted by some fanatic from the right- because they never do that! (See: Norway shooting, Shooting at Holocaust Museum, bombing of clinics etc...).

And then you want to talk about violent entertainment like comics books and tv shows? Well, let direct that to a different direction. A great read by an artist who wrote after the Columbine Shooting said: "The day that Cain bashed his brother Abel's brains in, the only motivation he needed was his own human disposition to violence." He went on to say "Christianity has given us an image of death and sexuality that we have based our culture around. A half-naked dead man hangs in most homes and around our necks, and we have just taken that for granted all our lives." The movie 'The Passion of the Christ' made over $370 Million dollars in the US alone, and is the most violent movie I have ever seen in my life.

So speculate on that.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/21/12 - 09:14 am
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Politics

Someone earlier mentioned that Brietbarts's site said the shooter might be a democrat. Whether he's a democrat a tea partier or just a nut looking for his fifteen minutes of fame one thing is certain. If he's shown to be a conservative he will be labeled in EVERY SINGLE telecast as a "right-wing extremist" driven to madness by Rush, Sean etc.... If it turns out he's leftist absolutely NO mention of his politics will ever be made again.....The left wing media in this country is SOOO predictable...
This will be my only comment for a few days until we know more. I'd prefer to take time to pray for the families impacted by this and argue about it later when we know more.....

carcraft
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carcraft 07/21/12 - 10:03 am
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Shrimp and T Part, why did

Shrimp and T Part, why did Brian Ross try to link they shooter to the T Party? It wasn't Rush or Hannity, or any of the other favorite punching bags of the left that tried to make a political affiliation connection with the shooter! It was member of the "SERIOUS " media that tried that little gambit! Do you think Ross checked out if he was affiliated with the occupy groups?

TParty
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TParty 07/21/12 - 10:15 am
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I don't know why Ross did

I don't know why Ross did what he did. WHy did the Breitbart News guys try to pin it on democrats? Why did Rush try to make it seem like a liberal conspiracy that the name of bad guy in the Batman movie sounds like Romney's old company? One person does not represent the entire group they are part of.

It's wrong that Ross said what he did and it's disgusting that people try to make themselves a victim of his words, when there are real innocent people dead, and many more injured, with their families and community actually living this tragedy- but the anger and uproar is some guy you probably never heard of until this week, said some thing seems to trump everything. Playing victim all the time, that's what the fringe does.

OJP
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OJP 07/21/12 - 10:20 am
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I really wish we had a non-insanely-partisan editorial board.

One of the first organizations to play this card was Breitbart: reported the shooter is a registered Democrat.

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Riverman1 07/21/12 - 11:37 am
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34 Jim or James Holmes in Colorado Telephone Books

There are 34 Jim or James Holmes in Colorado telephone books. Why in the world would they pick one with Tea Party connections and point him out? Stephanopoulos allowed Ross to continue and said to keep everyone informed on what he found out.

ABC News had an ulterior motive to wrongly associate this shooting with the Tea Party. I'd fire Ross and Stephanopoulos. Excellent editorial.

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burninater 07/21/12 - 11:39 am
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There is something seriously

There is something seriously pathological and disturbingly predatory at the ACES, that they have to turn every possible tragedy into an opportunity to score political points.

OJP
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OJP 07/21/12 - 11:58 am
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@Riverman1

What led the Breitbart reporter to falsely allege the shooter is a registered Democrat?

Is the ACES going to train its laser-like reasoning on that?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/21/12 - 06:09 pm
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Right Not Responsible

T-Party (Not) said, “Instead you write this disgusting and shameful article, trying to paint people wrong for assuming a mass killing was conducted by some fanatic from the right- because they never do that! (See: Norway shooting, Shooting at Holocaust Museum, bombing of clinics etc...).”

Trying to link conservatives to the shooting in Norway or the one at the Holocaust Museum is ridiculous. They were both mentally ill people. One an 89 year old who hated Jews and blacks, the other described himself in his manifesto as "Justiciar Knight Commander for Knights Templar Europe and one of several leaders of the National and pan-European Patriotic Resistance Movement."

The biggest mass murderers in history have been socialists, but I’m not going to link American liberals to Pol Pot.

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