Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Rule #163: News reporting

I watch the news everyday. Pretty much. And, as you may have noticed, a lot of shit gets on my nerves. But what really grinds my gears is when news reporters feel it necessary to interview the family, friends or neighbours of victims of horrible crimes or events. Tim Bosma is a good example. The poor bastard tried to sell a truck and ended up dead and burned to ashes. Holding true to my views on crime and punishment, I won't mention the name of the perpetrator. But Tom seemed like a good dude who left behind his poor wife, Sharlene. I feel sorry for the poor girl, but that doesn't mean I have to enjoy her tear filled speeches. I liken it to when hockey players speak between periods. You can enjoy the game, but you don't want to hear the players speak. When Sharlene would talk to the media, it was like she was the queen addressing her people. She had prepared speeches that sounded like they were written by Barry Manilow. All spoken through a waterfall of tears. It's not like I dislike her, but if one of my kin were killed, I don't think I'd be talking to the press. I'd be at home mourning with family and planning my revenge on the pieceofshitcocksuckerlosersonofabitch that committed the crime.

When I see someone talking to the world about how saddened they are about the loss of a loved one, I can only think one of two things. Either they love the spotlight, or the media makes them think it's the right thing to do. If the immediate family won't talk, the media goes after extended family or neighbours. Anyone who will speak about the victim. It's not like your going to hear any earth shattering news about the person. Honestly, just once I'd like to hear someone say "That guy was an asshole, I'm so glad he's dead". I don't know, I just think it would be funny. Having said all that, I use the Bosma case as an example of medias' abuse of victims to boost ratings. Truth be told, this was a horrible, senseless crime inflicted on good people and there will be none of this in the new world

In the new world, news reporters will report on what's important and leave the family alone.



  1. I couldn't agree more. Well said.

  2. ........and cue Don Henley's Dirty Laundry


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