Here we go again

Why It’s Time To Stop Media Coverage of Mass Shootings

Only ratings and increased numbness win

Ezinne Ukoha
4 min readFeb 15, 2018

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Since 2018 became a reality — the disturbing trend of weekly reports of high school shootings has been consistent with graphic detail — including images from real-time video — that used to induce pangs of distress — but now only serve as a conduit between the witnesses on the ground and news stations who are giddy for the footage.

The latest national tragedy took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High — located in Parkland, Florida. As usual the chaos is a heartbreaking reality of students barricaded in classrooms as gun shots tear through the shrieks of terror. Those hiding for their lives send text messages to distraught loved ones — while social media works overtime to upload fragments of updated information.

Cablers like CNN — which is the standard default in my household — are immersed in the task of keeping viewers riveted with split screens of various activities while experts are thrown into the circus of breaking down a situation that is pretty self-explanatory.

President Trump tweets his recognition of a an ongoing emergency that he has no desire to confront for obvious reasons. His reaction is generically-inclined compared to the way he passionately honors men in uniform who pay the ultimate price as a sacrifice to the country they love.

It’s as though the students and school officials who are pummeled with bullets — courtesy of the White male prototype(or whatever we’re cursed with)— didn’t sacrifice their own lives as evidence of how the country they love is unable to return that level of devotion.

The tradition of covering mass hysteria from every imaginable angle needs to stop because the mission is tainted by the transparency of heightened engagement — that turns into a goldmine for institutions that depend heavily on the necessity of impressively high ratings and increased traffic.

CNN’s valued staple — Jake Tapper mentioned during his broadcast that these cases of school shootings “happens every few weeks” — and his summation shocked me to the core. It proves how far removed prominent anchors have become — due to the abominably high occurrences of these types of crimes.

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