Whoever Controls The Media Controls The Mind….
Tonight as I watched my local NBC affiliate in Washington, DC. Jim Vance, who is a respected anchor and one that doesn’t mince words, made his opinions known that he would like to see the bodies of the victims of Newtown, CT put on display as a way for us all to know what a bushmaster rifle will do to a child. Mr. Vance did not give us his original idea, this was started by Roland Martin on CNN. The basis of their reasoning for this horrendous act is they believe it will “transform” the conversation on gun control and make us all realize that certain guns need to be banned. As Mr. Vance put “we need to think with our guts instead of our minds” and by displaying these pictures in the same way during the 50’s and 60’s the body of Emmet Till lying in his casket “transformed” the civil rights movement, our conversation on gun control will be transformed as well.
As a parent, I’m appalled at this suggestion. Has the media no mercy for the parents who lost their children? Will they use whatever pawn they can to keep their narrative alive? There is no good to come from the display of a dead child.
This kind of statement is from the same media that “praised” the art of the body of a man jumping to his death from one of the Twin Towers on 9/11. This is the same media that repetitively shows us daily that they live by the creed “if it bleeds, it leads.” Evil is good for business and the media knows that they more they push this agenda, the better for their narrative.
In my opinion, we do not need to see these images to reinforce the events. Death should not be about ratings or page views. This kind of action does not move the story forward. Will it bring the children who died back? Ask 9/11 families why they avoid the news on every anniversary of 9/11. It is because EVERY day is 9/11 for them, they do not need to relive it. They live it daily with the lose of their family members and the glorification of the events just cuts them deeper.
Where is the respect for human decency, where are the journalists that do not let their own personal views cloud their judgment and their work in reporting the news. Journalism is not about giving your own opinion. Unbiased reporting is what is needed now more than ever. Every day we see on cable news that the news is more about the journalist who insert themselves into the story rather than giving the public the truth.
As Jim Morrison famously said, “Whoever controls the media controls the mind” and apparently he was prophetic in his statement. Our media is out of bounds and we need step away from those who wish to give us their opinion than the unvarnished truth.