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Mainstream Media Deaf To Harm They Cause

If it bleeds it leads.

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Whether protecting Joe Biden or trying to turn tragedy into ratings, the mainstream media has no credibility and even less ethics. Thus they go from story to story enabling harm and cheering destruction. Greg Gutfeld elucidates.

Gutfeld: Whenever a huge, ugly story unfolds, the media has to do its thing. And like Brian Stelter at a pie eating contest, they never seem to know when to quit.

It’s natural after a tragedy, I suppose, to report and report. It’s necessary. But then what if there’s not enough news to do more reporting? Well, then you repeat it and repeat it again. It’s like that cars for kids ad that makes me want to puncture my eardrums. I know. They really are talented, though.

But it’s everything but facts. You call in talking heads and experts for angles and emotional testimony. They are the hamburger helper of news, if you will, adding volume to the main course.

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And when the reporting runs dry, which is fast, the speculation begins. And like me calling my pharmacist, it’s relentless. It won’t stop. Everyone tries to outdo each other and be more perceptive than you. Are you more emotionally affected than me? The news becomes as productive as an argument with a meter maid.

The speculation is then punctuated by dribs and drabs of new info, which hours later turns out to be wrong. There was an officer confronting a shooter. No, there wasn’t. The shooter killed himself. No, he didn’t. The press used to say that if your mother says she loves you, you should check it out first. Now it’s, hey, guess until you’re right.

Meanwhile, everyone turns into little Columbos. Experts in speculation, but little else. But at least Columbo got it right in the end. But now it’s, was there a delay in police action? And if so, why? Should they have gone right in? Or wait for others? Did they screw up?

You know, it’s like we could make these decisions easily. Suddenly we’re experts in tactics and say what we would have done. I know what I would have done. Hide behind Tyrus. Then I’d offer Geraldo as a trade. I’m kidding Geraldo, Oh, stop it. Stop it. He’s a lovely man.

We play Monday morning quarterback Monday through Friday and then some. I find it hypocritical for media to criticize reaction time when ours is always off. It’s just in the opposite direction.

Just like when we watch videos of cops interacting with unarmed suspects. Suddenly we became experts in policing as though we went to school for it. But in reality, the closest we’ve come to studying the police is watching a documentary on Sting…

I’m not saying you shouldn’t report these stories. Reporting is one thing, but acting as a publicist for the killer is another. The media almost turns the story into a late-night infomercial, telling young, mentally unstable men who might be watching that, you too could be a household name. You too can go out in a blaze of glory and make history. You too could be the next creep who shall not be named.

That’s the reason someone chooses suicide plus over just suicide. Suicide plus has a payoff provided by, you know who? Us. So as we criticize cops and say they should have done it better and hope they learn from it, we should also say that about the press. Too bad we won’t listen.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Tone deaf to ALL