Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I'd rather people take more responsibility in filtering what they are reading or understanding the context. As for this recent event, I was watching live coverage starting almost right after it happened and a lot of information that was going out from the first few hours is now "wrong" but at the time I was watching it unfold I thought that the news channel I was watching was quite sincere in just wanting to know what the heck was going on, who was affected, what people were supposed to do, etc. Maybe the difference is not so much that the media gets it wrong, but now people internationally have access to local media and that local media are often reporting things that are in progress and can't possibly have every detail fact checked or completely accurate but are also doing an important job. I was watching a live local coverage and it was geared towards people who were in that area (parents wondering what to do, where to go, if their child was hurt, etc). As the events unfolded, information was communicated as soon as it was available whether it was 100% accurate or not. Now looking back and having a better timeline and understanding of what happened I'm not sitting here complaining that channel for not having everything 100% accurate. I personally did not see anything I would consider paparazzi; it seemed like those involved were being treated with respect. I saw a few kids interviewed but this was before anyone had any idea of what really happened (no idea that people were shot let alone so many dead) and I notice once that information was available they really backed off.