Star Power @ Facebook Gets Big Action

Of the zillions of Tweets and Facebook Status Updates we’ve scrolled through this weekend, one rather lengthy (by Facebook standards) ‘post’ resonated with more folks than all the others. Morgan Freeman’s deep thoughts regarding the massacre at Sandy Hook were “Shared” by just about everyone that read it.

While it’s an overall good read, it’s a hoax.

Someone put the piece together, obviously, but it didn’t come from Freeman. As you can imagine, statements on Facebook get more action if names like Freeman, Betty White (or almost any household name) are attached.

It worked. This should come to know one’s surprise. After all, we tend to believe everything we hear or read, and want to be first to re-report almost anything. No matter who wrote it, the words still make sense to most of my Facebook friends.

Do I think we should turn off the news completely?  No…but that’s a topic for a future blog post.  That said, read below to see what’s being “shared” as fast as any Status Update regarding Sandy Hook.  FJ


Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

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