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Washington Post Finds Themselves Facing Backlash After Posting Parkland Shooter’s Video

This is beyond reckless.

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For some insane reason, videos made by the highly disturbed Parkland school shooter were released by prosecutors, and now the Washington Post is facing backlash for posting and promoting the videos.

Ironically, WaPo, in their coverage of the videos, discussed the dangers of promoting the name and face of a school shooter. All while promoting the name and face of the shooter, and giving his demented rant about his plans for a school shooting a huge platform.

“In his boasts about becoming famous, the teen touched on something that has worried survivors of shootings and their relatives alike,” read the article covering the videos. “Some have called for news organizations to limit their coverage of mass killers to take away the very infamy those attackers describe as a draw. Survivors of the Parkland attack made a similar argument Wednesday, pleading for attention to be paid to the victims rather than their attacker.”

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After posting the article to Twitter complete with the shooter’s full name and an image of his face from the videos, The Daily Wire reports that WaPo was slammed by critics scolding the newspaper for essentially carrying out exactly what their article warned against.

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“Take this down immediately! It’s irresponsible!” wrote one user.

“This is beyond reckless,” wrote another.

“Stop making him more famous,” another warned.

“Same people complaining about gun control are the same ones making these psychos celebrities,” observed one user. “Tell me how it’s a gun issue though.”

The Daily Wire notes that the policy of their website, announced by Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro following the Parkland shooting, has been to not publish the name or face of mass shooters and would-be mass shooters. “The reason, as Shapiro explained, and as the Parkland shooter’s videos underscore, is that studies have found that mass shooters are often motivated by a desire to be famous.”

They also cite 15-year-old Parkland survivor and Second Amendment activist, Kyle Kashuv, who recently penned an op-ed for their website explaining the empirical evidence behind the theory that promoting the names and images of mass shooters inspires more mass shootings.

Here is an excerpt from his article:

Empirical evidence supports the conclusion that publicizing the names of mass shooters promotes more mass murders. A 2016 paper presented to the American Psychological Association concludes that a “cross-cutting trait among many profiles of mass shooters is desire for fame.” An Arizona State University study found that shootings occurred in “clusters,” meaning that there is evidence to suggest “mass shootings, publicized in the media, may have a contagious effect.” The combined weight of these studies merits serious consideration on the value of publishing the names and faces of mass shooters versus the potential danger of inspiring future killers.

We know this desire to be famous to be the motivation of many killers by their own words. The Parkland killer recorded his plans on his cellphone before the shooting, declaring, “When you see me on the news, you’ll all know who I am.” The Sutherland Springs shooter was also “obsessed with mass murders,” calling them “cool” and wishing he had the “nerve” to commit one. The Virginia Tech shooter prior to his rampage in 2007 mailed a video manifesto to local news, a video that they played for their audience, solidifying his place in mass shooting infamy. Fame played a role in the minds of these mass shooters; it’s imperative to snuff out the sinister aspirations of potential mass shooters by refusing to give perpetrators the notoriety and fame they seek.

We live in a culture that is obsessed with fame, and also obsessed with mass shootings. We can’t help but be fixated on such a tragic event, but while normal, mentally healthy people fixate on mass shootings because they are particularly tragic, angry, mentally ill young men like the Parkland, Sutherland Springs, and Virginia Tech shooters become inspired.

The problem, of course, is that we do have a free press in this country and it could be difficult to mitigate the application of this warning. Colin Noir, a spokesman for the NRA, recently recorded a highly controversial video in which he satirically suggested the press should be banned from sharing the names and faces of mass shooters.

The comparison he was drawing, of course, was that the fear you might feel when you hear someone suggest limiting the press legally in such a way, is exactly what gun rights advocates feel when “common sense gun control” is discussed.

There are dangers to our liberties. This is the cold reality that we all, left and right, have to face. The press, as well as gun owners, have a moral requirement to be responsible with their liberties, and it is up to every individual to make that call.

Maintaining a free press is essential to our nation’s Constitutional integrity, so it’s up to journalists to consider the sick nature of angry young men seeking fame through unspeakable acts of violence and do their reporting accordingly. Let’s hope and pray they begin making smarter choices.

 

 

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Disney Slaps ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Dumbo,’ Other Classic Films With New Content Warnings

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Disney has decided to continue walking down the “woke” path, attempting to stay relevant so they can milk the rest of humanity for all the dollars possible by tossing some disclaimers on a number of classic films warning that some scenes in the movies contain “negative depictions” and “mistreatment of people or cultures.” Good grief. If Disney didn’t own two-thirds of the world at this point, it would become obvious that making this choice to “go woke” would result in the company “going broke,” but since they do seem to have their hand in everything, nothing is going to come of them doing this. via Daily Wire: “These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together,” says the 12-second disclaimer, which cannot be skipped. The films include “Dumbo” from 1941, “Peter Pan” from 1953, “Swiss Family Robinson” from 1960, and “The Aristocats” from 1970. The disclaimer also directs viewers to a website titled “Stories Matter,” which says, “Because happily ever after doesn’t just happen.” “As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, we are in the process of reviewing our library and adding advisories to content that includes negative depictions or mistreatment of people or cultures,” the site says. “We can’t change the past, but we can acknowledge it, learn from it and move forward together to create a tomorrow that today can only dream of.” Disney went on to explain the reason for slapping the warnings on the content: Dumbo “The crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations. The leader of the…

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Top Astrophysicist Says Asteroid Could Smash Into Earth Day Before Election

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So far in the year 2020 we’ve had a pandemic featuring an age discriminating virus, race riots, the government admitting UFOs are real, murder hornets, and the wackiest presidential race of all time. Surely there’s nothing else this year could throw at us, right? Wrong. Apparently, according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, there’s a strong possiblity an asteroid is going to smash into the earth the day before the election. Who had asteroid on their 2020 Bingo card? via Fox News: An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson — but it’s not large enough to do any serious damage. The famed astrophysicist said the space rock, known as 2018VP1, is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour and may clip the planet on Nov. 2. “It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election,” he wrote on Instagram. But he added that the flying object is nothing to lose sleep over since “it’s not big enough to cause harm.”⠀⠀⠀ NASA already identified the asteroid that is rocketing toward earth, but stated the chances of it actually hitting the earth are currently less than one percent. “It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet’s atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size,” the organization stated. While this rock may not hit earth, or even if it does, it might now do much in the way of damage, but I’ve seen enough scary movies to know that when stuff like this happens, strange occurrences follow. So, sure, you may not have to worry about the asteroid, but if it passes by our planet and you suddenly…

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