I want you to look at these three screen captures from the two cable news giants and CNN:
All of them — wall-to-wall coverage of the mass murder in Florida.
[For the record: I blurred the murderer’s face; that’s not how it appears on their sites.]
I guarantee you that the next screwed-up guy who fantasizes about committing mass murder is eagerly devouring this coverage like it’s porn.
Because it is porn; it’s downright pornographic.
The future monster-in-the-making is scrolling through Twitter greedily feeding off the anger, the sorrow – and most importantly the attention yesterday’s murderer is getting.
Sorry, folks. The NRA is not emboldening the next mass murderer.
Cable news outlets, television and print news, the sputtering celebrities, hysterical politicians and potty-mouthed “comedians,” are.
Hell, even the people who go on social media to argue with all those idiots are emboldening him.
And the more constant the coverage, the more emboldened this killer-in-the-making becomes.
Imagine being a screwed up little psycho and seeing all this coverage and attention.
He too can get his face on Drudge just by following through with his homicidal fantasies.
Imagine being a murderer-in-the-making and seeing all this – or worse that horrible image from Fox News of the killer’s face over sobbing students.
Yes, you too can have your face splashed across websites, social media, and television. You too can be famous. All you have to do is act on those murderous impulses that are eating away at you as you sit in your bedroom fantasizing.
I am certain that future killer is already putting some juicy stuff on his social media accounts knowing they will be splashed across televisions and social media for all the world to see.
And all the world is seeing it.
Make no mistake about this. Every news outlet is celebrating a mass murderer.
Sure, they would never say that’s what they’re doing.
But an unknown, unstable nobody is today a household name – a celebrity. And what is a celebrity but somebody who is celebrated?
So don’t let them fool you. They are celebrating this murderer.
And the next crazy little psycho who wants payback is watching all of this and salivating.
Forget guns. Forget the NRA.
If we really wanted to stop mass murder from happening, we would stop covering them like they’re the Olympics.
Now, I don’t expect CNN, MSNBC or even Fox to shut the hell up about this murderer and the havoc he created – not when there are political points or ratings boosts involved.
But they really need to stop. Just stop.
It is irresponsible.
And I am certain – absolutely certain – that the next mass murderer-in-the-making is devouring every moment of it.
Trust me. He doesn’t care about the politics. And he doesn’t give a shit about the cable news ratings race.
All he cares about is getting that same kind of attention for himself. He wants to be the one to cause same kind of outrage, misery, horror and grief – all live and on the air 24/7.
And these idiots who turn every anonymous crazy into the celebrity du jour – they are already helping to create the next one.
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