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You'll know what I mean when you see the video.  It speaks for itself.

This is the only "news report" I have seen related to the assassination attempt, in which the reporter imitates the assassin.  KFOR-TV of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a disgrace.

UPDATE: Imagine a drunken hit and run driver killed 6 people and wounded 14 others in your community.  You're at home watching the evening news, when a reporter appears on camera behind the wheel of a car.  The reporter takes a drink from a whiskey bottle and proceeds down the street running over human-shaped cardboard cutouts.  Is this appropriate?  Is this "objective" reporting?  Nowhere in the report linked above is there a hint that anyone finds the bonanza of gun sales objectionable, worrying, controversial, or dangerous.  It is simply a celebration, with a zinger on the end mentioning the sales of once-banned extended magazines in a tone as if it were a baseball score.  There's not a single mention of anyone believing that buying firearms is an inappropriate reaction to a firearms attack.  In fact, the station takes it even further by having their reporter fire an assault rifle.  If Jared Loughner had not murdered 6 people on Saturday, that "reporter" wouldn't have been firing an AR-15 on television tonight.

Originally posted to sponson on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 09:59 PM PST.

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    •  How exactly did the reporter (2+ / 0-)
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      sponson, jethrock

      imitate the failed assassin?

      Your suggestion has only one flaw - it is logical and fair which seems to deny it Republican support. - Jay Inslee

      by psilocynic on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 10:02:22 PM PST

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      •  How? (2+ / 0-)
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        Ernest T Bass, blueoasis

        By gratuitously firing an assault rifle directly into a human-shaped target, maybe?  

        •  Uh... No. (3+ / 0-)
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          buddabelly, psilocynic, nextstep

          Sorry.

          You are just reading way more into this than is actually there.

          "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

          by jethrock on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 10:20:19 PM PST

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          •  Are you serious? (3+ / 0-)
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            sponson, peacestpete, mag

            That "report" was ridiculous.  I wanted to check to make sure I wasn't looking at the Onion channel or something.

            Let's review:

            1.  Several people are murdered with a gun and a U.S. Representative is shot through the forehead but miraculously survives.
            1.  The event rivets the nation and sparks a long-overdue debate about the rhetoric used in political speech and about the role guns play in our society.
            1.  This station chooses not to do an impartial report about the odd and disturbing rise in gun sales, but instead the reporter needlessly suits up with eye protection and fires rounds at a human-shaped target while narrating her report.
            1.  And you have the gall to write "Uh...No. Sorry. You are just reading way more into this than is actually there?"  

            I'm sorry, but your response was ridiculous and frankly insulting to the diarist.  If you can't see how needlessly inappropriate that report was, you need to do a little more introspection.  It was so ridiculous it looked as if it were a caricature of a report. I can't believe your response.  Are you joking?  If so -- let me be the first to tell you it's highly inappropriate.

            •  A few things in response. (2+ / 0-)
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              sponson, psilocynic

              My "Uh No" response was in refernce to the specific comment I responded to regarding these two specific points

              From the diary:

              This is the only "news report" I have seen related to the assassination attempt, in which the reporter imitates the assassin.

              and the actual comment I was responding to:

              By gratuitously firing an assault rifle directly into a human-shaped target, maybe?

              As someone who is a gun control advocate I simply think that is an overstatement to claim she was imitating the assassin.

              Is the news piece inappropriate? Yes. Terrible reporting. Terrible segue. Overly joyous in the boom in local gun sales... especially the Glock 19? Absolutely.

              Very inappropriate.

              Did she imitate the assassin? No.

              At least I didn't see it that way.

              "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

              by jethrock on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:12:12 PM PST

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              •  Nice backtrack (1+ / 0-)
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                sponson

                But unconvincingly played.

                •  Not a backtrack. Read the thread. (0+ / 0-)

                  The comments before mine were specifically asking about the imitation of the assassin. Period.

                  Nothing else was being discussed.

                  If I wanted to comment on another aspect I would not have done it in response to that specific question by the diarist.

                  Relax Ernest.

                  No point in getting into such a huge argument with you over it. I already gave my opinion and have absolutely zero reason to lie about my comment that is above for the world to see.

                  It's pretty clear.

                  "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

                  by jethrock on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:25:02 PM PST

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                  •  I'm sorry, but you're wrong (1+ / 0-)
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                    sponson

                    The discussion was about these reporters and their report. You did not limit your comment to a narrowly-defined subset of that topic.  

                    The diarist was decrying the stupid and inappropriate report.  He or she may have exaggerated when it came to the "imitate" remark, but the report remains inappropriate.  Laughingly so.  It does not require one to read "way more into this than is actually there." The report, on its face and in its own words, is just wrong.  Bad journalism.  Bad coverage.  Bad judgment.

                    A stain upon that station's credibility.  Please stop trying to defend it.

                    •  Fine. If it makes you feel better to think (0+ / 0-)

                      that I was talking about something that I wasn't.

                      Fine.

                      I really don't care.

                      You win.

                      You know what is happens in my thought process better than I do.

                      Happy now?

                      "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

                      by jethrock on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:57:49 PM PST

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                      •  I'm not interested in winning or losing (0+ / 0-)

                        I just dislike intellectual dishonesty.  

                        It's tiring.

                        And no -- I'm not happy.

                        •  Take a deep breath. (0+ / 0-)

                          And simply assume for a second that I truly tried to answer your first comment to the best of my ability.

                          For whatever reason you've refused to accept that.

                          Now you are accusing me of "intellectual dishonesty"

                          Well then... there is really nothing I can do or say to help you. You've already assumed I'm being dishonest in my calm responses to your comments.

                          "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

                          by jethrock on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 12:16:38 AM PST

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                          •  I'm breathing (0+ / 0-)

                            And you're "calm."

                            Good for you. Hey!  I'm "calm" too.

                            Look:  the report was bullshit.  Your comment appeared to defend it by criticizing the diarist.

                            Now you claim no, you weren't defending it, you were only criticizing a technicality in one of the diarist's comments.

                            You can act pious and peaceful and whatever else you want to do, but your denials lack credibility. Your comment appeared to try to defend what I consider indefensible.

                            To me, your backtracking away from your comment strikes me as false.  Dishonest.

                            I may be wrong.  Frankly, I can't trust your comments in helping me reach that conclusion.

                            It's a small matter.  I think you were defending the indefensible.  You claim it's all a mistake.  

                            Whatever.  

                            I stand by my assertion that that news report was wrong and irresponsible.  You are welcome to your own opinion.

                          •  Thanks for the thoughtful and constructive (0+ / 0-)

                            and enlightening conversation.

                            I have nothing left but snark for you at this point. This has truly been the most senseless conversation I have ever had on Daily Kos. And that includes years of heated debates. Although I see your an old timer here I don't think we've ever really crossed paths.

                            Surprised you didn't start every single comment with "YOU LIE"

                            I guess that's how you can start your next response to me down the road since you obviously don't give a shit what I say.

                            Who's the pious one? Not you. Of course not.

                            "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

                            by jethrock on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 01:10:41 AM PST

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                    •  You aren't even talking about (0+ / 0-)
                      what you really mean to say. Try to be honest about your position. This is lame and it's not working.
        •  Wow. You are so full of fail right now. (2+ / 0-)
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          rockhound, buddabelly

          It's got to be coming out of your mouth. So police officers, while doing their mandatory training, are also imitating the would be assassin?

          Your suggestion has only one flaw - it is logical and fair which seems to deny it Republican support. - Jay Inslee

          by psilocynic on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:15:43 PM PST

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          •  anyone who trains, I have a stack of the police (2+ / 0-)
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            rockhound, theatre goon

            50 foot targets and they just happen to be a silhouette....

            usually I shoot a grid or steel but free targets are the best ones.....even if it's a police silhouette....

            Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
            I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
            Emiliano Zapata

            by buddabelly on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:22:52 PM PST

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          •  A TV reporter is not a police officer (1+ / 0-)
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            blueoasis

            They are supposed to report the news, not re-enact it.

          •  Let me get this straight (1+ / 0-)
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            blueoasis

            So police officers, while doing their mandatory training, are reporting on these specific murders? That's what they're doing no matter when they did it -- last year or next year?

            No?

            Then perhaps your cute little "fail" comment is itself a failure.

            In retrospect, there's no perhaps about it.  

            The report was obviously about these murders. It was inappropriate.  There's really no legitimate question about that.

  •  This is what passes for news? (2+ / 0-)
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    sponson, blueoasis

    I have to agree with Sponson. In my opinion, "tasteless" doesn't begin to describe this useless report. It has a gratuitous intro by the reporter, who is firing what appears to be an assault rifle at a human target silhouette.

    Was it necessary in any way for the reporter herself to fire a gun in order to do this story? Did it inform the story in any way?

    The "news report" consists of a survey of how many gun dealers? One. In one city. The anchor follows up with an unattributed allegation that particularly, sales of Glocks are up. According to whom? "Dealers say."

    The gun dealer speculates that customers have flocked into the store for fear their gun-buying rights will be abridged. The reporter could have noted whether (or not) any such legislation had been introduced in Oklahoma or in the nation after the Tucson mass shooting.

    Other than reporter, one customer and one gun dealer appear in the report.

  •  Reporters With Machine Guns (2+ / 0-)
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    It's interesting to see some people pretend that there's nothing unusual whatsoever about a reporter firing a semi-automatic or fully automatic gun in place of doing their usual standup about the establishment on which they are supposedly reporting.  The reporter's display of gun-love was completely gratuitous and telegraphed the tone of the rest of the report.  Should they report about cockfighting while holding a rooster in their hand with razors on its feet?  Do a piece on a satanic cult with a pentagram on their forehead?  Either action would be legal, but would also be a gratuitous, aggressive violation of the rule that the reporter is not supposed to be the story.

    •  Tipped for the comedy. (1+ / 0-)
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      sponson

      Should Rick Sanchez have been tazed himself on camera?

      Probably not.

      But it was funny as hell for months after.

      If you haven't seen report slide on the, test drive cars, eat hot dogs, ride carnival rides... then I guess you don't watch a lot of news.

      "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

      by jethrock on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:33:40 PM PST

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      •  Bad typing on my part. (0+ / 0-)

        that was supposed to read:

        "If you haven't seen reporters slide on the ice... "

        "An exact science is one that admits loss" -- Genesis P-Orridge

        by jethrock on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 11:36:35 PM PST

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      •  I watch the news regularly (0+ / 0-)

        And I'm a student of history. For some reason I missed the footage of Walter Cronkite leaning out of the 6th floor window of the Texas School Book Depository in his hand.  I must have missed the broadcast where David Brinkley mimicked the Boston Strangler's motions, or the radio broadcast where David R. Murrow did a simulated Nuremburg speech by Hitler completely in German.

  •  Shocking? (1+ / 0-)
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    sponson

    Hardly.  I would have expected nothing less.  People who are afraid when nothing is happening will be more afraid when something happens.  I may be disappointed or even disgusted, but shocked?  Nope...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 03:42:32 AM PST

  •  Like tax cuts always the answer for Republicans; (1+ / 0-)
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    sponson

    More guns is always the answer for gun nuts.

    Too much violent crime? Handgun massacres perpetrated by the mentally ill or merely enraged? More guns! Looser gun laws! That's the answer.

    Domestic violence? More women killed by spouses and boyfriends? Frequently with guns?
    More guns! Gotta have more guns in circulation!

    Doesn't matter what the question is.

    The answer always seems to be "more guns".

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