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Not Mentioning Mass Killers Won’t Make Them Go Away

Elliot RodgerSadly, once again, a mass killing is in the news. The horrific tragedy that took place last Friday in Santa Barbara, California, during which seven young lives, including the killer, were snuffed-out, has dominated the news this week. Killing sprees of this nature have become all too familiar and are always fodder for gun control debate as well as an outpouring of sympathy. A means to stopping these massacres from recurring is something that I wish I could provide, but short of banning all guns I certainly can’t claim to have an answer. I will leave that for the legal and medical experts.

While I appreciate Cooper’s attempt to show respect for those who have been slain, and their families, the fact is that the perpetrator, in this case one Elliot Rodger, like it or not, is also part of the news.

When it comes to television coverage of these multiple killings, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has decided he won’t mention the name of the killer in his analysis, discussion and reporting, instead choosing to focus on the victims. While I appreciate Cooper’s attempt to show respect for those who have been slain, and their families, the fact is that the perpetrator, in this case one Elliot Rodger, like it or not, is also part of the news. If CNN is a news outlet, it shouldn’t attempt to clean up the news by ignoring the killer as if he didn’t exist.

Not mentioning the names of killers won’t make them go away. Were it that simple I’d be all for it. If you want to do a background program on the victims of mass killings then by all means leave out mention of the killer by name. But if you are presenting the news, no matter how despicable the murderer may be, he or she is the major player.

Not mentioning the names of killers won’t make them go away. Were it that simple I’d be all for it.

Similarly during the O.J. Simpson trial it was often stated that the victims were being forgotten, and were not referred to enough during the hearing. Well, the truth is the trial wasn’t about the victims, no trial is, it was about the person facing the charges. Victim impact statements come after a verdict has been reached. The trial is about the accused, not the victims. If we consider a hypothetical trial in which we know the accused is innocent, then no amount of victim empathy should come to bear on the verdict. Justice is supposed to be blind.

The presentation of news – not documentaries, but straight-forward news – should also be blind.

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk – Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime

This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Reel Talk encouraged bloggers to incorporate video into our posts. A recent Don Lemon piece on CNN affords a great opportunity to do just that!

Dear CNN,

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As a long time viewer I thought I’d take a moment to bring something to your attention. I understand fully that you may be well aware of what I’m about to point out, and may even be in the process of dealing with the situation. If so please disregard this letter. I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show. Trust me, to paraphrase the old Dr. John song,if you don’t do it somebody else will”.

I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show

Lemon has been a mainstay of weekend programming for some time now as well as a regular fill-in when needed. But recently he has started to outgrow that position. He’s written a book, come out as a gay man, and most recently taken on the Black community in his “No Talking Points” segment in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. He is intelligent, articulate, well presented and fair. Just the kind of person you would want hosting a news and opinion show.

… but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up

The current CNN evening schedule has Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper yet again. All of them great at what they do, and all of them undeniably white. Don’t get me wrong, I think Cooper is great, but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up, maybe the second Cooper hour might be the spot. Perhaps a bright experienced host who is not afraid to be a wee bit controversial.

A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice a snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up

Which brings me back to Lemon. A sixty minute show at ten o’clock would suit his style and make CNN a leader. A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice and snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up.

Thanks for hearing me out!

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Dear CNN: Time for Don Lemon to move to primetime

Dear CNN,

cbc.ca

cbc.ca

As a long time viewer I thought I’d take a moment to bring something to your attention. I understand fully that you may be well aware of what I’m about to point out, and may even be in the process of dealing with the situation. If so please disregard this letter. I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show. Trust me, to paraphrase the old Dr. John song,if you don’t do it somebody else will”.

I’m writing about Don Lemon and, more to the point, the notion that it is time he had his own weeknight prime time show

Lemon has been a mainstay of weekend programming for some time now as well as a regular fill-in when needed. But recently he has started to outgrow that position. He’s written a book, come out as a gay man, and most recently taken on the Black community in his “No Talking Points” segment in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. He is intelligent, articulate, well presented and fair. Just the kind of person you would want hosting a news and opinion show.

… but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up

The current CNN evening schedule has Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper yet again. All of them great at what they do, and all of them undeniably white. Don’t get me wrong, I think Cooper is great, but I also think it might just be time for an African-American to take a place in that line up, maybe the second Cooper hour might be the spot. Perhaps a bright experienced host who is not afraid to be a wee bit controversial.

A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice a snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up

Which brings me back to Lemon. A sixty minute show at ten o’clock would suit his style and make CNN a leader. A friendly warning, someone is going to take notice and snap up this talent if you don’t lock him up.

Thanks for hearing me out!

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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CNN lets it hit the fan

Shit happens on CNN in prime time.

Shit

I couldn’t help but notice that CNN has recently gone outside the box, has been living on the edge, has turned the cable news watching world on its ear. How so you may well ask. Simply by allowing people to express themselves on TV as they would normally; yep, I’m talking about the use of the word shit.  It all started when on a couple of episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown the host uttered the word. Then during the show about Montreal someone said “merde”; French for, you guessed it, shit.

Not since Tweety Bird’s mother shouted “Scat” while wielding a broom at  Sylvester has such a torrent of scatological expression been let loose on prime time viewers.

Not since Tweety Bird’s mother shouted “Scat” while wielding a broom at  Sylvester has such a torrent of scatological expression been let loose on prime time viewers. Bourdain may have opened the shit floodgates –  metaphorically one prays – but it didn’t stop there.  Coverage of the devastation caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma included a very well spoken, proper-looking gentleman pointing out that though it is often said tornadoes don’t hit the same place twice, having lost two homes he could vouch for that being “Bullshit”.

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Did the sky fall? Did the world as we know it cease to exist? Was there a furor over these folks talking like folks? Believe it or not, there wasn’t.  For anyone who remembers the ballyhoo that followed Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction you’ll be pleased to hear that maturity has entered the building. (For those not familiar with the Jackson incident, during a Super Bowl halftime performance a few years ago it was alleged she exhibited a nude nipple for a nanosecond. Much like the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, to actually see anything untoward requires the film to be slowed down, blown up and computer enhanced. Yet a media frenzy ensued.)

Much like the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, to actually see anything untoward requires the film to be slowed down, blown up and computer enhanced.

CNNIf the Bourdain and Oklahoma experiments are deemed successful, there’s no telling what’s in store for CNN viewers. Will meteorologist Chad Myers describe a low pressure system as shitty weather? Will commentator David Frum state that Democrats are full of shit and will Paul Begala counter by pointing out that Republicans have shit for brains? Will Dana Bash, after listening to a Senator’s elusive response to her question tell him it’s a crock of shit?  Can we expect Wolf Blitzer to comment on the tense situation regarding North Korea by saying the shit’s going to hit the fan? Does Piers Morgan call the NRA shitheads? The next time Anderson Cooper finds himself reporting from a storm will he say holy shit it’s windy?  The possibilities are endless.

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Sports, World Series 2012

Fister’s header; Frankenstorm hype

Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister is reportedly fine after taking a line drive off the head in game two of the World Series. Although some are wondering if the proper precautions are being taken. Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who sustained a skull fracture, an epidural hemorrhage and a brain contusion after being struck by a line drive on Sept. 5, wondered via Twitter why the Tigers let Fister on the flight home after Game 2 instead of directing him to a Bay Area hospital.

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Fister’s header has some thinking pitchers should start wearing helmets.

Hurricane Sandy has been downgraded but still poses a huge threat to the northeast. While I hope this trend continues and the situation eases and the so-called Frankenstorm ideally fizzles out completely I have to wonder if media hype has once again caused unnecessary panic.  Kudos to Anderson Cooper who Tweeted the following:

@andersoncooper

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Montreal

Vet your charity before donating to vets or vets

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You win some and you lose some; recently Montreal was listed as one of CNN’s most loved cities. But now Montreal plays a key role in a despicable charity fraud situation as exposed by Anderson Cooper. The key word here is vets, whether disabled veterans of war or veterinarians at SPCA International it seems Quadriga Art was interested in your cash. But where it ended up is the problem.

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