The world has indeed gone mad. Well, at least the good ol’ US of A has. A deranged gunman has gone on a rampage in a movie theatre and killed innocent people and wounded a whole bunch more. This is, indeed, a horrible tragedy, and my heart goes out to the family and friends of all those involved. However, I sit here this evening, watching the evening news, and I can’t help but wonder what is wrong with our newscasters? Yes, this is a newsworthy incident. But, not only did the national news feature this item for nearly their entire half-hour, but they mentioned they will be devoting their Friday night news show to it. The local news (both early and late) featured it as a large part of their newscast. Somewhere, in a darkened little living room, I can imagine some sick, weird, twisted individual taking note of how much time these incidents get on the news, and thinking about how much news time they would generate if they did the same thing. Why do we have to make such a big issue out of these things? It’s like the weather prognosticators telling people to stay off the beaches during hurricanes because of the wind and the storm surge, as they stand there, with the rain blowing sideways and the waves nearly knocking them off their feet. There is no logic behind any of this.
Again, I mean no disrespect to anyone who lost a friend or relative in this tragedy, but I don’t think the incessant news coverage will bring anyone back. What it will do is feed some sicko’s need for attention. Until they find out why this guy did what he did, I don’t think we need to know more.