I’m well past my emotional saturation point on the Connecticut school shooting. There is no new information being reported. We know what happened. We know all the names. We know families are grieving and funerals are taking place.
There is no longer any need — and certainly no desire — for the media to continue to bombard us with with every detail of what’s happening and not happening in Newtown, Conn. I don’t want to turn on the TV looking for entertainment and be confronted instead with the smiling face of a murdered 6-year-old. I don’t care that our local (Denver) TV anchors are “intimately involved” with the tragedy because one of them has an aunt who lives in Newtown. And it’s beyond irrelevant that some local girl, a broadcasting intern, also died in a school shooting umpteen years ago. The people of Newtown may need all the psychiatrists, psychologists, crisis counselors, analysts, and “experts” who are filling national news; the rest of us, thankfully, do not. Or if we do, we will find our own. Locally.
And whatever happened to pool reporters? Does every national media outlet in the country need to have a crew on site in Newtown, a town of less than 30,000? Did local network affiliates in Denver really need to send their own reporters to Connecticut? (Did every local affiliate in the country do this!?) This isn’t news anymore. This is Ratings War 2012. And in Newtown it has become a horrible type of ghoulish voyeurism that needs to stop. I’m sick of it, and I’m sure Newtown must be. They’d probably had their fill on Day One when reporters were sticking microphones into the faces of children.
The discussions about gun control and mental health can and must continue. That’s imperative. But the media need to show some respect and get out of Newtown. It’s well past time to let those people mourn in private.