Reader: I put the blame squarely on the media

Latest Word -- and all of Westword, in fact -- is taking off today and tomorrow (and again January 1). But the web never sleeps, and so during breaks in your holiday activities you can still log in and comment to your heart's content. Those comments are the gifts that keep on giving.

For example, here's the lump of coal just left in our stocking after a post about Diana Degette's call for weapons legislation. Says concerned citizen:

With all the copycat and follow-up shootings that happen in this country, I put the blame squarely on the media. It's the media that gives these shit-stain gunman GUARANTEED IMMORTALITY by making damned sure that EVERYONE knows exactly who the shooters are, their pasts, and even what they had for breakfast. The Media has way more blood on their hands than does the firearms industry.

Do you agree with cc? Should the media limit coverage of these tragedies -- or quit covering them altogether? Post your thoughts below.

From our archives: "Newtown, Aurora and Columbine: Mass shootings, gun hysteria...and MK Ultra?"

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I made a reference to this yesterday in a different blog. When the media runs a story on a little puppy who will be spending x-mas w/o his now murdered seven year old friend, this goes far BEYOND overkill ! News directors harp on attacking ANY story from EVERY imaginable angle. Reporters are trained to 'build' a story and when dealing w/ major catastrophic events as we seem have in abundance as of late, thousands of them instantly materialize. When it FINALLY breaks down or finds it's interest paling, better than %95 of related pieces would fall under media overkill as I believe Ms. Calhoun sometimes falls victim to w/o serious fault, and is now addressing.

And to the two comments left for Patricia below, I assure you she'd be the 1st to point the finger right back at herself. How does a person fix everything and please everyone ? By attacks in these blogs ? Donkeyhotay would be 'chief editor' if that were the case . I have WAY more of an issue w/ WW's 'ordained' stoner &  the Latino who writes piece after piece slamming Mexicans, than I do w/ entries pertaining to the Holmes controversy . The only chance of a mere slice of the truth actually,  most often falls into the lap of WW and it's staff. Example, every news source in town had Romney as our next President. They fell over one another for months w/ an endless array of 'EXPERTS' predicting his win. Who remained absent for most of 'that' circus ? Well it sure the hell wasn't the Denver Post !


We, and the media, are all products of society. The media certainly is perpetuating the celebrity and famosity that comes from committing some heinous act, however 'the media' is simply just a group of corporations set up in order to make profit by getting ratings. Those ratings are gotten simply by catering to what 'people' want to watch.

As much as we like to think that a single extension of our society can be responsible for the things we don't like, the fact of the matter is that the media does what they do because society rewards them for it with ratings and profit. Food companies make processed shit that makes us fat -- because we buy it. Reality television producers make processed shit that makes us dumb -- because we buy it. "The Media' does not deserve the vote of confidence we've given them as 'guardians of information'. They're simply not capable of protecting us from ourselves. I put the blame squarely on us.

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I strongly agree. I, for one, am tired of seeing that Aurora guy's stupid face in Westword, for example Patty. I applaud you for most of what you do (in particular, providing stories about pot that the Denver Compost is too chickenshit to provide), but enough is enough, in regard to the Aurora guy, whose name I've somehow been able to mostly forget.

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