December 17th, 2012
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, a demand for ethical media
The coverage of the mass shooting in Connecticut serves as yet another reminder of the inherently sinister nature of America’s news media. Perhaps most disturbing in all of this is the footage of journalists interviewing young children from Sandy Hook Elementary school, struggling to articulate their emotions in the aftermath of a traumatizing ordeal that no one, least of all a child, should have to endure. Even news organizations such as MSNBC and CNN, often lauded as credible news sources, have capitulated to this sensationalism.
It’s difficult to justify putting a young child in the public eye following such a traumatic incident. The American Psychological Association
As this mass shooting took place at an elementary school, it might seem inevitable to some that the news media would attempt to interview the young victims who witnessed it firsthand. This is indicative of an ever-increasing trend in our culture, however, of mass desensitization. As a collective culture, we should not concern ourselves with the perspectives of young children who have just witnessed the murders of their teachers, their friends, and their classmates.
Some of the parents at Sandy Hook Elementary received the worst news of their life, while others were more fortunate. Those who did not lose their children, though, will also face many challenges in the coming days, weeks, and years. It is not in their interests for it to unfold in the glaring eye of the media, and it is not in our interests, either. We have to ask ourselves: How far are we willing to let the media go? An uncompromising demand from the public for responsible media coverage is long overdue.