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Thread #134829   Message #3070034
Posted By: Genie
08-Jan-11 - 03:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: AZ Congresswoman Giffords shot
Subject: Our sensationalist, trigger-happy media
Our so-called "news media" seem to be tripping all over themselves - and the facts - in the attempt to "scoop" their competitors.

I've just read headlines from a number of "reports" on this incident, ranging from Giffords being a "Republican" to a "Democratic Congresswoman" who "was shot dead" and who "is in surgery" in the ICU.

Then, of course, there are the hair-trigger, knee-jerk attempts at "analysis" of what it was about Giffords or the attacker (or Obama, Palin, the Republicans, Glenn Beck, the Democrats, etc.) that prompted the violence.

Here's a wild idea: How about not reporting "the facts" -- much less, analyzing them -- until we know what they are?