Coverage of Mass Killings is Too Much
On Nov. 8, I turned on ABC News to see why Attorney General Jeff Sessions was dismissed by President Donald Trump. Instead, the top news story was another copycat mass killing where 12 people died in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
I was subjected to over 10 minutes of coverage of another cowardly, severely mentally ill killer’s rampage. Networks tend to exploit some people’s morbid curiosity.
David Muir, whom I have idolized for years, glorified the mass killings by giving prime time to the bereaved loved ones and too much time to the killer’s background.
How can the American public stop this disturbing trend?
Number one should be to boycott the products that are introduced during the news. Some could really get into it by boycotting all the drug companies supporting the news stories about mass killings.
The sensationalism of the news coverage is disturbing and disgusting.
The shooters should have something done to them that would discourage copycat mass murders -- something really degrading like dropping the suicidal murderer’s bodies into a tank of piranhas. The idea of punishment after death is attractive to me. It would make mass killers think more than twice about heinous acts.
If the networks’ news coverage of mass killings bothers you, you could just turn off the news and see ratings drop along with advertisers’ revenue.
Personally, I’ve had enough. How about you?
DAVID F. JASPER