Media

@lucy02 (5017)
United States
April 20, 2007 1:35pm CST
Does anyone else feel like the media has gone crazy? It seems like its all about ratings and they don't actually care about anybody. They have way too much power. NBC couldn't wait to release the videoes that the Virginia Tech killer sent and they have covered it almost constantly since it happened. They seem to forget that there are family members of the victims and killers out there. At least focus on the victims. Then today they release a voice mail left by Alec Baldwin in which he is berating his daughter. Terrible thing to do but we don't need to hear it. Give it to the judge who decides custody of the daughter. It seems to me to be a terrible invasion of privacy. We've all had moments we wouldn't want to be recorded and played to the whole world and I'm not a big Alec Baldwin fan either.
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I answered a discussion about this voice mail earlier today. I think it's despicable of Kim Bassinger to release that to the media. Now her child is going to suffer even further. All her friends have probably heard it, and all the kids at school, etc. I agree the media is out of control. We never here nice stories anymore like they used to do. Everything is about sensationalism. It makes me sick.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I agree. There's no regard for people anymore. It's just about the ratings and the shock factor.
@crackhead (1826)
• India
20 Apr 07
Yes the other day when they screened the video of the Virginia Technology University incident, they should have at least thought for a second what kind of impact will that create. Media creates all kind of hype to grab the attention of the public and increase their viewers rate. In India we find the media going gaga with the cricket team. They give such a hype to the cricketing incidents and they just make public feel that the players are the gods of Indian cricket. They create such a hype that when the team lose a match public react so hard. Media do have a great impact on public, and the way they deal a subject is more important which is influencing the publics life. Media now a days has attained extreme heights of arrogance and they just feel what ever they do is correct and they wont think it seems. Not only privacy is intruded the act of telecasting the Virginia Technology University incident was really a crazy act. Awful it was, they just thought of gaining some viewers rather than respecting the viewers feelings.
• United States
23 Apr 07
I agree. From the ridiculous exploitation of Anna Nicole Smith to more of the same regarding these other incidents. As far as the Virginia Tech situation, I do think it would be better for the focus to be on the victims, and as someone else said, to note how the survivors are doing. I'm not a big Alec Baldwin fan either (not even a little bit), but I have been quite harsh regarding this incident. You make good points in that this should be private, and that we all have things we have done that we aren't proud of that we wouldn't want to be aired for the whole world to see. Sensationalism sells, however, and as long as it does, things like this will continue.
• Canada
3 Jul 07
Yup has been this way for years i think the media has goen nuts they race into dangerous situations and then broadcast from there saying how they are doing it for us and they are risking there lives for us i personnely do not care if they are if they get killed then they become the story and not the original story. They make it hard of rthe authorities to do there job casue they go off racing with half baked ideas all to be the first station to break the story or be the ones to have an exclusive. You see them swrm the poor victim adn stalk them to their home and camp out on the front yard waiting for anything the final straw was watchign a breaking news story on soem thing and soemone came out of the house with a bag of garbage and they media swarmed them asking is this what they normally do with garbage? How many bags do you throw out? What is in it? I mean for crying out loud it was just garbage not like it was a body wrapped up in a rug. Tehy showed no compassion for the family or the victims of the accident in which peopel were killed.