An Open Letter to the Media about the Sandy Hook School Shooting Coverage

newtown signs bearsDear Media Outlets like NBC News, TODAY,  msnbc, CNN, CBS and ABC.com and all others.. I been watching your coverage of Sandy Hook school shootings…

Thank you for spending time letting us know that the killer of these 20 children, Adam Lanza was an ‘intelligent’, ‘gifted’  but at times nervous and fidgety. Thanks for letting us know that this man who little boys and girls between the ages 6 and 7 was a troubled man who suffered from mental challenges..Thank you for letting us how life was difficult and often ‘painful’ and somewhat traumatic for him when his parents divorced. It was good to know that Adam went through life awkwardly, and at times would become reclusive.

Thank you for bringing on experts to give a breakdown of what his mental sickness was and how we as a society can help cure it…

Thank you for letting us know about his mother and his dad and the types of ‘wonderful‘ ‘hardworking‘ people they were.. Thank you for letting us know they were ‘nice‘, ‘generous‘ people who were ‘well liked‘.

Nancy Lanza was a mom who tried her best

The media reminds us that Nancy Lanza was a mom who tried her best

Thank you for letting us know that Adam’s mother Nancy Lanza wasn’t some irresponsible monsterous person, but instead we now know thanks to your investigative coverage that she was fearful our government would collapse. Thanks to your excellent coverage, we now know that Ms Lanza was like those people we see depicted on reality TV shows like Doomsday Preppers…she was frightened and hence went around and stockpiled weapons even though she had a troubled son living with her.. Thanks for letting us know she wasn’t an evil woman, but a nice mom who didn’t want to leave her son alone and that she was trying her best to love her kids with little help..

Thank you for showing churches lighting candles in her name and thank you for showing folks in the community that say they pray and care for the souls of Nancy and her son. Thank you for not demonizing them, but instead praising them as folks who are forgiving and deeply compassionate even in the such horrific times

Corporate media folks, thank you in advance, for putting your investigative, analytic reporting skills to full use and letting us know the troubles and mental challenges that Ray Ray, Darnell and anyone else from the inner city who commits a crime is going through next time one occurs..Thank you for letting us know that Ray ray from the inner city who commits a crime was having difficulties coping with divorce,  their parents being separated etc, just like Adam Lanza

The media reminds us that Adam Lanza was an intelligent but  troubled man

The media reminds us that Adam Lanza was an intelligent but troubled man

Thank You in advance for not looking at poor single mothers who tried to raise their sons or daughters who went down the wrong path as somehow negligent, but instead, hard working and generous just like Nancy Lanza.

Thanks in advance for not lambasting our community that shows love for its own troubled members who make mistakes. And thanks for seeing our community as also deeply compassionate vs being a wrong headed enablers who need to be punished in the face of horrific tragedies.

Next time there’s a call for gang injunctions, stiffer prison sentences etc, thank you in advance for bringing on experts to discuss the mindset of young folks at risk and what steps we can take to turn them around.. Thanks in advance for humanizing folks who are having difficult times in our communities the same way you did the Adam Lanza, his mom Nancy and the rest of his family..Imagine if Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin and their families had gotten such wonderful coverage?

That is all

Davey D

Comments

  1. I agree!!

  2. Great post!!

  3. Thanks for sticking a microphone in a 5 year olds face and having him give a breakdown of what went down while he is still trying to fiure what just happened.
    I mean at what point do ratings and percentage points take a back seat ? Crazy

  4. I agree 100 – blue

  5. Dave,

    Would you expect anything less from corporate media ?
    Cowards !!

    Nick

  6. It comes to this, when a White male commits a crime, he has mental problems (e.g. mass shootings) or displeased with our govt (e.g. rioting & vandalism in urban areas) even though he had a specific goal and target. If the Black male commits a crime, it is thuggery and cultural. If a Hispanic male commits a crime, it is illegal immigration, drug lords and anchor babies. If a Middle Eastern male, commits a crime, he is a terrorists and hates America. Par for the course, next subject, sad, but true.

  7. Nicely Said!!

  8. Word.
    M. Davey D, I can feel how angry you were there and I thank you for expressing it.

  9. Thats why I am thankful to Bill ‘blow job’ Clinton for comemo the Internet..bless to Davey D…the commune eecation therefor is for me an open chapter….

  10. Corporate media is about purely $$$$. Like Rahm Emmanuel said never let a tragedy go ….. Stereo types is part of the business…

  11. Yo know the signing name across the heArt_cores means in postfascist European ‘dawuuds’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marshals_Service – I ‘ll appreciate the global voice of Hip Hop narrations through these fuckin media yellow boulevards.

  12. POWERFUL!!!!

  13. lot of crazy people in this world -black-

  14. Amanda Matthews says:

    Dead on accurate.

  15. ON POINT!!! Well said. Totally AGREE!!! cobalt.

  16. This open letter only states the obvious… People of color PROVE daily the separate but NON-equal factor, white commits a crime “oh my there must be a reason, some family insanity in the bloodline”, black commits a crime “these animals should be locked away for good, 3 strikes, etc etc…” media has always been biased, so what do you do when you have this sort of bias against an entire nation of people???!!!

    START YOUR OWN MEDIA OUTLETS… ENOUGH IS ENOUGH PEOPLE… YOU’VE ALREADY PROVEN YOUR POWER WHEN YOU VOTED 2012, AND SHOWED THE WORLD THAT MONEY & WHITE SUPREMACY NO LONGER CUTS IT….

    • Baron we have our own outlets.. its on our own outlets that this letter was written.. many people still watch these other outlets and that impacts us from the person on the street to the person behind the badge to the person deciding policy.. Theres no reason not to demand accountability while still doing our own..

  17. agreed (purple) #datzhott

  18. This letter is spot on. Murders have been non-stop in places like Chicago, Philly, Baltimore, Memphis..but since they are mainly black on black or hispanic victims, it’s not a big deal. No need for inspection, reflection or conversation. Just jail or grave and go on with the day.

  19. Well said brother!

  20. Spot on. Thank you for adding your voice to the conversation and saying what needs to be heard.

  21. Co-sign and spot on! Nailed it.

  22. I like the way u put it

  23. Agree… watchme

  24. My baby girl, who attends college now, said to me one day “mommy do you know that the black kids that i come in contact with still act like their 2nd class to all the other races” and she stated ” why”. I told her that black kids in america have always been made to feel like their less than other races and it’s really not the public’s job to do it because I take great pleasure in teaching my children how speacial and important they are with love. If a child know he or she is important , loved and valued, then the rest i will work itself out and a good parent can fill in the blanks

  25. This terrible tragedy and you’re turning it into a race issue? Have some respect for the lives lost. If you want to talk about racial politics in the media, choose another time. Full of hate!

  26. Critical Eye says:

    Ona, with all due respect, to not see the hypocrisy that Dave highlights with this letter, is an even greater disservice and disrespect to common sense and intelligence. Dave is speaking the truth. If the shooter of this tragedy was Black, or better yet, if he was a Black suspect, the media would have had a field day, and you know damn well they (and the just-us system) would have been judge, jury, and executioner with a quickness. There would not have been any, “Well Ray-Ray’s mom was a hard-working Mother who tried to steer him the right way”, and there would not have all this extraneous reporting about Ray-Ray’s family, casting them in a human light. I, too, feel for the Sandy Hook parents, as I am a Father – at the same time, I’ll be damned if I turn a blind eye to how the media is, once again, injecting the same racist bullshit selective demonization and angelicizing of a group of people based on race. If you choose not to see that, it’s your choice to remain bamboozled and ignorant – I choose to be the opposite. Have a nice day.

  27. I’m not discussing the race issues involved; I merely said that this is not the time or place to discuss. If you want to refer back to this story in the future, fine. But I really, really can’t stand how activists have such tunnel vision that they become incredibly insensitive themselves. It’s as if every situation becomes food for their rabid quest.

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