Morgan Freeman Blames "Sensationalist Media" for Connecticut Shooting [Updated]

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UPDATE: It appears as if Freeman did NOT release the following statement, despite online claims to the contrary. But we still believe the opinion expressed is worth debating...

Adam Lanza. The name of the assailant who gunned down 20 children and six adults inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last week has been all over the news.

And that's a serious problem, according to Morgan Freeman.

With the possibility of new gun control laws up for debate, the Oscar winner has released a statement in which he points the blame for these types of tragedies directly at CNN, Fox News and other media outlets.

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Why did the Connecticut shooting take place?

"It's because of the way the media reports it," Freeman says. "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."

Backing up this theory, it's believed that Lanza previewed his massacre online two days before it took place, teasing the murder/suicide on a forum like some sort of twisted movie.

Continues Morgan:

"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."

What do you think of this take? Is the media to blame for the shooting?


Perhaps Mark here below should do a little research himself. Indeed, gun control laws in the UK are among the tightest in the world, and low and behold, gun deaths are also among the lowest.
As to whether the real problem lies with the media or in lack of gun control, clearly both play roles, but again, note that the UK media (the Sun, the Daily Mirror) love elaborating on horror stories such as Sandy Hook, but because gun laws are tighter, disturbed young men cannot go out and commit similar crimes on a regular basis as in the US because they have no access to weapons.
I'm also curious that Mark below mentions Africa as a place to compare with the US when it comes to guns. Maybe he's right - maybe we should be comparing America more with the Congo than with Europe. Yet Africa is a huge place, like the US, and having lived in Ghana (West Africa) for some time, I can testify that downtown Accra felt much safer than may US cities.


ce n'est pas en faisant du sensationnalisme ek de tels drames que ns pourrons prévenir et identifier la maladie mentale et ainsi prévenir de telles tragédies!!!!!!!!


I notice that liberals on here call the site readers "gullible fools" for reading the fake Morgan Freeman statement. If you notice, this site acknowledges the statement as a fake and states that the topic is still worth discussion. Speaking of gullible fools, do a google search on racial hoaxes, fake hate crimes etc.. . and you will find a plethora of crimes committed by liberals staging fake crimes against themselves and then rallying, agitating and genrally stirring up trouble. Too bad the gullible fools get caught much of the time... Idiots.. Too many of them get smooth away with it however. If we want some new laws then we should set harsher penalties for liberals faking all these crimes against themselves then inciting riots and other civil/racial unrest.


It is akways the same old story with gun controllers, a media sensation/firestorm to outlaw guns. The facts do not seem to matter to the left. Washington DC and Chicago both have long-standing gun bans in effect and they are both among the top of the list of murder capitals of the world. The assault weapon issue? I do not believe is an issue at all considering the guy had three weapons on him. Even if the 10 round limit were an issue 10 X 3 still equals 30 rounds. In light of this shooting I am more in line with improving school security as well as possibly arming school officials. Criminals do not obey laws so it does not matter what laws are passed unless we have the ability to defend ourselves and our children things like this will continue to happen. I wonder why no one worries about all the 5 year olds and up running the streets with AK47s in all over Africa? Why does the world always look at the US and bitch about the Americans and their guns? Before you all decide to promote taking everyone's weapons aways perhaps you all should do a little studying and research to see what difference gun bans have made around the world. I grieve for those children but gun control is not the answer. The left was recently screaming about US guns because all the deaths in Mexico.. Lo and behold if we didn't find out that it was the leftists in our own government sending US guns to Mexican drug lords to kill US Border Patrol agents... Create a problem and an uproar so that the left's agenda can be steamrolled over the American people is a recurring theme and has to stop right along with school shootings. As always, the best defense is a good offense... Arm the teachers and administrators.


The real reason for this fake 'Morgan Freeman' post lies hidden in the last few lines "instead of pointing to gun control as the problem". This is a cynical and sinister pro gun lobby piece of propaganda, disguised under some blanket truths about media coverage.

@ Frank Marcia

Go fuck yourself

@ Michael

And why do you say that to him? Because you believe that the access to assault weapons should be protected by the 2nd amendment? I find that sad..


The irony that the killer's name is present, with a link, is astounding.


lmao, the entire internet knew this was fake. Yesterday. wtf kind of messed up site is this?


gullible fools. Morgan Freeman did NOT "release a statement"

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