When did reporters completely lose their sense of decency, compassion, integrity, respect, and morality? Are ratings more important than humanity? Have we become immune to death and the reporting of it routine?
Everyday there are senseless deaths. Mass shootings, drive-by shootings, murder/suicides, hit and runs, vehicles (both on the ground and airborne) crashing into buildings. Every incident is tragic and enraging but it has become routine. Nothing changes. We numb ourselves into acceptance. It has been said the reporting is routine. But is it? When is shoving a microphone in the face of a parent who is still in shock and not fully comprehending the loss of their child forever routine? When is garnering the “exclusive” interview of children who have just found out their parents are dead due to a murder/suicide compassionate or respectful of their loss? When is interviewing a community where an innocent toddler’s life is cut short by a drive-by shooting outside their home a display of decency? Have reporters’ become cold, heartless, automatons programmed solely to “report” the news to keep their ratings and their jobs by sacrificing their humanity and integrity instead of leaving people alone and maintaining a respectful distance. Details can be acquired soon enough. Perhaps showing compassion and respect will break the “routine” and show us that “life” rather than “death” still has value.
What do you think?