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So said my wife to me just a couple of hours ago.

I wish she was sick of Lock Up or Caught on Camera, but of course we never watch that garbage.  I wish it was on.  I would watch it 24 hours a day to keep the special coverage of mass killings off the air.  To keep this coverage from happening.

This time it was especially heinous.  Unspeakably-to-another-level heinous. Other countries sobbing for us. First responders breaking down, in counseling.  Even among the scary stuff in nyc, this news is unprecedented.  

I would it was so easy to stop this coverage....stop the killing.

I apologize if this doesn't warrant a diary, but most of us know the inside joke of the msnbc weekend programming, and somehow my wife's comment hit home with me.

I don't know what most people mean when they say things like "my thoughts and prayers are with them".  I mean, I can guess, but nobody really says.  It's real personal.  I don't mind saying, since Friday my prayers are very teary and only full of requests for the victims.  I just can't think of anything else, when I start praying.  


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    by Floyd Blue on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:07:36 PM PST

  •  +It is sickening (9+ / 0-)

    it's like they're vampires feeding on this. It's unwatachable. I'm glad I missed those things you mention. My limit was hit when I saw some of the children being interviewed. "I saw bullets flying down the hallway". NOOOOO!!!!! So inappropriate.

    As far as I'm concerned there is NOTHING LEFT TO SAY about this. The rest is exploitation.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:16:14 PM PST

  •  We Must Understand That Press Are Corporations (5+ / 0-)
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    and that it doesn't matter what corporations' products or services are, the economics all work the exact same way.

    They must obtain raw materials at the least possible cost; they must contribute the least possible added value to those raw materials that the market will still want to buy; and they must offer it for sale at the greatest profit the market will bear.

    Nothing about the corporate business model supports the fantasy of our Framers that a free press would equate to a journalistic press.

    The kind of coverage you're seeing is the cheapest possible news to mine, it requires the easiest and cheapest analysis to add the minimal value the market will buy.

    Our major media are doing nothing wrong, they're acting exactly as our system is designed for them to work.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:23:19 PM PST

  •  I'm watching (8+ / 0-)

    reruns of Star Trek TNG.

    It's just too painful.  I don't want to read diaries with lists of young children's names, and I"m not ready to look at images of heroic teachers who died.

    Maybe I will never be.  I'm traumatized from light years away - I can't imagine being anywhere closer, seeing any more of it, the pain surrounding it is just too much for me.

    I want to make it unhappen, you know? I want to help the parents and families somehow but there is no help from anywhere - Their pain is unimaginable.  

    A psychologist on NPR was talking about how to care for children who survived.  First thing she said was stop watching that shit (not in so many words).  Keep the kids away from the coverage.

    I think we should all take care of ourselves by take a moment, or as long as we need, away from the horror.  

    I can't look at it at all.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

    by delphine on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:26:04 PM PST

  •  I understand. I have hated the way the media (5+ / 0-)
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    handles every tragedy ever since I was watching the shuttle launch with the teacher and it exploded in front of my eyes. I cried so hard for a half hour i could barely breath. I watched every televised launch since John Glenn but after that I quit watching. By the time the media exploited every ounce of misery they could and speculated for most of thier reporting and asked the incredibly stupid questions about how it felt, I was done. I kept myself to less then a half hour of the 911 speculation fest and after that I quit watching so called news... They all take a little bit of news and inject themselves into the story until they become a large part of it... Thier opinions, every rumor they can dig up, every paranoids explanation and every ounce of pain... They don't report , they create stories... So I quit watching years ago.

    This has left me so depressed by the sheer lunacy of the culture that breeds this events... Out spend most of the world on military... Out buy guns except for nations that suffer under war lords and despots (Defense industry loves them too & how many jobs depend on death). Destroy more then we build... Kill more every day with guns then cars and drunks and 911 and the shuttle and..........I am not going to listen to them because I can not bare thier news actors and profit making machines any more. My husband, who has been shot, gets all antsy when these shootings happen and especially about children ... he loves children and every child who has ever lived near us always runs to him and hugs him.....

    We need to find sanity and not fall back into the same old social tules that allow this crap to happen. I am now going to cry again for the sheer stupidity that is the base of these events.

    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 08:30:27 PM PST

  •  I'm listening to Podcasts (3+ / 0-)
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    of The Majority Report Radio

    Roadblock coverage of deaths .. Michael Jackson, or the roadblock coverage of these mass killings are just atrocious. No other News is allowed while CNN and MSNBC or whomever the others are milk the current tragedy to ... to death.

    John Kerry is getting the nod. It barely gets a crawl along the bottom.

    War in Syria  - all this stuff going on and it's 24/7 with this horror.

    Obama is to show up tomorrow. I'm not sure that's the best idea really.

  •  Just came back from a party (0+ / 0-)

    Would have stayed longer but I'm so depressed with all that's happened and all the coverage I had to leave.  Not an evening for a Christmas/Birthday/We Won Party.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 09:48:42 PM PST

  •  I am a news junkie, ordinarily. (1+ / 0-)
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    My family complains because I always want to have news on.  But I turned the tv off around noon on Friday, and have not had any news programs on since then.  No MSNBC, no local news, no adorable Brian Williams.  Right now I'm watching Miracle on 34th Street.  I also didn't read the whole first section of the newspaper this morning.  It's not like I'm trying to pretend it didn't happen, but there is no point in me watching any coverage of it.  I already know what I need to know, and it doesn't help anything for me to sit and cry over it for hours on end.

  •  If you watch it you enable them. (0+ / 0-)

    I watched a little the other day but they had Cliff Van Zandt making absurd comments about the shooter's Psyche and I suddenly remembered why I had been avoiding the MSM. We tend to watch and complain, which rewards them for crappy behavior, rather than using the "off" button.

    Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

    by emidesu on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:33:12 AM PST

  •  look at something else (0+ / 0-)

    if you feel that way, do not watch msnbc on weekends. there are plenty of other cable networks to watch. somebody likes those shows or else msnbc would not be showing them.

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