It's Time for Media Control
Posted in the Rochester Forum
Since: Nov 11
#1 Dec 23, 2012
Was there anything about the Sandy Hook massacre the media got right on the day it happened? In their rush to be first, they ignored their obligation to be right. Nearly every detail they disseminated Friday was wrong, even down to the name of the killer. Their desire to sensationalize had them shoving microphones in the faces of children who couldnt possibly comprehend the events of the day. This was just the latest example of how out of control and dangerous the media has become, and its time government did something to protect us.
Youre probably asking yourself,What about the First Amendment? Freedom of the press means we cant regulate them, right? Technically, yes. But since they, en masse, want to ignore the Second Amendment, to claim since it was written in a time of muskets, it is outdated and doesnt apply to new guns, lets apply the same to the First.
The First Amendment was written in a time of movable type printing presses and quills, not 24-hour cable news channels and the Internet. Using the medias logic, the First Amendment doesnt apply.
Im not suggesting we should simply outlaw any media outside of print, but if we can limit the Second Amendment however we like, we can do the same to the First.
Congress should impose massive fines on those who get facts wrong. Not newspaper reporters thats dealt with a different way. But TV. As liberals love to remind us, broadcasters make their living over public airwaves. Conveying false information over them is a violation of the trust placed in those institutions by the public and should be punished.
The media would like to punish innocent gun owners for the actions of a tiny amount of guilty ones, so all media should be regulated because of the actions of a few bad ones.
NBC News, which Im told was once a respected news organization, deliberately edited the 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case to make George Zimmerman sound racist when he was simply answering the dispatchers question. In the same case, the New York Times created a new race of humans the white Hispanic specifically to sensationalize that case into a racial issue. Although The Times is in print and thus protected, it also published that story on the Internet, which is not. Lets punish The Times.
Zimmerman is suing NBC News and should win easily. But government could impose a minimum fine of, say,$1 billion for each offense. Doing so would bring about the end of the race to be first and restore the drive to be right. It also would ruin NBC News.
#2 Dec 23, 2012
Ppl are claiming it was all a hoax
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