The mainstream media is fucking stupid because it panders to the average person out there. Yappy yap, yap, yap. First, let's consider the effect of the coverage. If some loony gunthumper out there is watching this 24/7 news mayhem, do you think he is incentivised to copy-cat this crime, or discouraged from doing so? I think the answer is fairly obvious. Get ready for the next one, folks - it makes for great news. Somewhere deep inside, the news anchors just can't wait for it. The NRA wants an armed guard in every school? Ha, one more casualty - just need to shoot him first. If you want to secure schools from this type of thing they need to be literally bunkers.
Does this deserve the attention it's getting? Surely, it's a massive tragedy that 30 innocent people got killed by a crazy gunman? Yes. But then again, isn't this - www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.…
- a tragedy also?
Heart disease: 599,413
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 137,353
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,842
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 118,021
Alzheimer's disease: 79,003
Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,692
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,935
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 36,909
What's that, 12,000 gun homicides don't even make the top 10? Oh, I think they forgot to mention that in like every report I've yet to see. Three of the top four, accounting for 1 MILLION dead people per year, are very strongly influenced by environmental factors. You could literally save a hundred thousand people per year or more with sensible diet and exercise, using sunscreen, etc. Nothing more, and nothing less.
But who gives a fuck about on hundred grand dead, when it's so easy and convenient to shed a tear for thirty, and stroke that righteous indignation part of your brain. Oh, what a monster, how terrible, what a world we live in! Those people who die because of corn subsidies and ultra cheap high-fructose corn syrup, alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, tripping in the bathroom, etc? It's boring news. It's just dreadfully unexciting to hear that you ought to eat more veggies and exercise more. Here's a simple fact: removing corn subsidies would save more people than removing every single gun from every single violent person in the United States.
One is relatively easy, the other - impossible.
Do these yapping little bitches whom we refer to as journalists ever report on the breadth of the situation? No. Does the hypocrite who bombs children to shreds with drones ever get called out for his bullshit? Fuuuuck no.
Obama - "Yes, John, go ahead."
John - "Ahem.. Mr. President, you seem to be very touched by the innocent victims of Adam Lanza. Did you also shed a tear for the 38 children that you have killed via drone and cruise missile strikes as part of illegal undeclared wars you've been conducting overseas since the beginning of your presidency? That just happens to be a lot more children than Adam Lanza killed today. Were they the wrong color, or were they in a wrong location to deserve compassion, justice, and sympathy? Would you comment on that?"
Obama - "Uhh.. next question please. Paul, go ahead."
Paul - "Mr. President, according to our research, the corn subsidies you perpetuate in your administration are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths from heart disease and stroke every year. It might not be a sensationalist event like what happened yesterday, but would you be willing to..."
Obama - "Umm.. next question. Wolf, go ahead."
Wolf - "Mr. President, isn't it true that a substantial number of gun violence deaths are a direct result of the failed War on Drugs? Not only here, but in Mexico and South America, this failed policy has killed hundreds of thousands of people - including innocent bystanders - in gang turf war shootouts. Don't you think it's time to..."
Obama - "Next. Bob?"
Bob - "Mr. President, the number of children killed by reckless driving is much higher than those shot by guns. Shouldn't we.."
Obama - "Next."
Bill - "Is it true that more children drown in bath tubs every year than.."
Obama - "OK, that's enough. Can someone hand me a gun?"
Well, here is to a fucking interview which will never happen. Any journalist who will ask such questions will be banned from White House interviews for life. Here's to an independent and free media, booyah!