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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » State Atty General Asks People to Ignore Rubberneckers, MSM Howls With Outrage
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Our only surprise is that we haven’t heard from Greta van Cistern yet (link via LC & IB DRJ):

MADISON, Wis. — The state’s top law enforcement official is drawing criticism for encouraging the public not to answer reporters’ questions about a north woods shooting by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy that left seven dead, including the gunman.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen last week said law enforcers would not answer questions about the case in the city where it took place, and he relayed a request that Crandon residents ignore reporters asking questions. He then left the podium without taking questions.

A week after the shooting, authorities have released little or no information on autopsy findings, certain 911 calls made during a manhunt and crime-scene evidence. The crime is one state’s biggest homicide cases, and in addition to being a deputy, the shooter was also a part-time officer on the Crandon police force.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said in an editorial Thursday that among the questions left unanswered is whether there was a problem with the police response, and whether psychological screening is needed for police recruits.

“The news media must give the survivors room to grieve in private,” the editorial said. “But they must also do their job — report on a matter of great importance to the state. Unfortunately, Van Hollen has signaled that he may make the media’s job harder.”

…and Heaven forbid that the Almighty “Deciders” in the MSM should have to actually work for their money? Doesn’t this guy know who they are? Hasn’t he heard of their Constitutionally secured right to set up cameras in your bedroom, kitchen and living room at the drop of a hat to secure their ratings and ad income?

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that there are questions regarding this case that are indeed within “public’s right to know”, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of course points out only these. When a government official, such as a deputy, freaks out and goes bonkers on a murdering spree, then there are legitimate questions about how on Earth he managed to fall through the cracks and end up a ticking time bomb in uniform. No argument there. We the People have entrusted the government with certain powers, and when those powers end up being abused, then we most certainly have a right to know just what led up to it and how to prevent it again. If we can’t be trusted with that knowledge, then we can’t trust them with the power, period.

But we all know that that’s not what the MSM is really talking about. That’s just the smokescreen they’re laying out to obscure their real agenda. Sure, they’d like to cover the official side of it too, but as we all know from reading the newspapers and, even more so, watching the dummy tube every night, what really gives them a hard-on for tragedy is setting up cameras, lights, carnie rides and concession stands in the front yards of the bereaved. Heck, if they could get away with it, they’d shove a web cam in the casket too. It’s the “human interest” angle, don’t ya know, and it’s good for ratings and circulation numbers which, again, is great for ad revenue. We are, sadly, a nation of rubberneckers. Anybody who has ever driven a car on the freeway will know, as anything from a flat squirrel over a car pulled over on the shoulder to a 6 car pile-up will cause a complete slowdown because of vultures hoping to catch a glimpse of mayhem, and the press knows it too.

Van Hollen said Tuesday at a news conference that victims’ families had “asked me to ask the community at large to stop talking to the press. As such, we in the law enforcement community will do our part by having no further comments to the press from Forest County.”

Van Hollen was simply passing on the families’ “very human desire to grieve in peace,” said Kevin St. John, a spokesman for the state Department of Justice, which Van Hollen leads. More information will be released in time, he said.

And this is where the Sentinel does have a point. I respect Van Hollen for passing on the families’ request, but it’s a load of bull for him to refuse to answer questions about the official side of it. Now he’s the one using a smoke screen. No, the “we don’t have any answers yet” is no excuse for a statement like that. If they don’t, which is fair enough considering the recent nature of the incident, then they can bloody well say so. The government doesn’t get to hide behind the dead bodies of civilians to avoid answering questions.

Still, the Wausau Daily Herald called Van Hollen’s statement inappropriate. “No one has the authority to suggest that an entire community remain silent,” read an editorial Friday.

Wrong. Anybody has the “authority” to do that. What no one has the authority to do is to include an “or else…” at the end, but I don’t see Van Hollen doing that. It is perfectly legitimate for an official figure to relay the requests of individuals, particularly since he’s the one with the biggest bullhorn on the block.

Unanswered questions still abound, the editorial said, including what led to the suspect’s death. “How did he end up with three pistol wounds to the head and a rifle wound to an arm?”

Just a guess here since I don’t know either, but most likely because the “suspect” was armed, nuts and already responsible for six murders. It’s generally not too good of an idea to take chances with rabid dogs like that. But hey, if the “concerned press” like to think they could do it better, then they’re already authorized to go make a citizen’s arrest the next time, Heaven forbid, some psycho decides to go on a killing spree.

On the other hand:

Officers from a number of agencies tracked Peterson to a cabin later in the day, but Peterson fatally shot himself as they closed in, the attorney general has said.

We have to admit that this explanation doesn’t quite gel with the number and locations of wounds on the dead bastard. I mean, three to the head and one in the arm? That’s one HELL of a suicide, right there. Nobody, at least not yours truly, would have had the least trouble with the PD telling us that they’d drilled the murdering scum in the noggin several times, so what’s up with the “suicide” nonsense? Somebody isn’t being quite truthful here and that is indeed very much in the public interest to know more about.

Crandon Mayor Gary Bradley said he wished Van Hollen would have come down harder on the press.

“The news media was very aggressive, very aggressive people. They’re not taking into consideration what people are going through here,” Bradley said. “They set their cameras up with no regard to where they were. These people aren’t running around with their brains.”

That’s because they don’t have any. All they have is an urge to get a Pulitzer or at least a gig with a bigger paper. A poor substitute for intelligence and common decency, but if they’d had either of those they would be holding down a real job instead.

But Doug Lee, an attorney who writes for Vanderbilt University’s First Amendment Center, said that while some reporters do act like “rabid dogs,” they’re the minority. The attorney general’s request reflects a trend in government to treat the media as the enemy, he said.

Minority? Not if you watch the evening news, unless this “minority” are the only ones having a say in production. And guess what? If people treat the media as the enemy, then there is the possibility that the media have given them good reason to in the past. Perhaps if they’d behave more like human beings and less like hyenas, that perception would change?”

You would think in an environment like this one, where there are a lot of emotions flying around, part of the grieving process, part of the healing process, would be to talk and to share,” Lee said.

And we do. But generally we don’t like to share with millions of strangers. Most of us like to keep it within a circle of friends or people who actually know what we’re talking about. The media may be called a lot of things, most of them not very flattering, but they’re certainly not our friends and families. So cut out the bull crap, please. What’s next? Accusing the grieving families of “bottling up their emotions” and “making things worse” because they’d rather not have their personal tragedies become the next 15-minute segment on Oprah or Greta van Cistern Goes Dumpster Diving?

“It’s somewhat patronizing. Why can’t people make their own determinations about speaking to the media?”

Did we miss the part where Van Hollen threatened with consequences if anybody chose not to honor the families’ very reasonable request? They’re just asking to be left the bloody Hell alone while they grieve and make funeral arrangements, and somehow I don’t see the First Amendment being threatened by that.

How about you mind your own business too, or was it just that the opportunity to get your name in the news was too good to pass up on?

Damn vultures.

5 Responses to “State Atty General Asks People to Ignore Rubberneckers, MSM Howls With Outrage”
  1. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker

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    When I was in college, my best friend’s little brother was killed in a tragic accident. The cops went out to his house and brought his dad back to the scene.

    As they showed him the mangled body of his youngest son, a photographer for the local news rag took his picture. Imagine that, in that moment of grief when you first see one of your children ripped to shreds, and some asshole takes the picture to capture your shock.

    The paper ran it on the front page the next day.

    There are some things the public doesn’t need to see. When they printed that picture, it was no less an invasion of privacy than if they would have printed a picture of a rectal exam, or an intimate moment with a loved one. The editor and the photographer in that situation deserved an ass-kicking of the highest order. Of course, they defended themselves with their typical smug it-was-an-important-story-the-public-had-a-right-to-know bullshit.

    Their vultures. Sadistic ones at that.

  2. LC NCLivingBrit Comment by LC NCLivingBrit

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    Some journalists are among the worst pieces of shit wandering around today.

    Some (Micheal Yon being my current #1 choice) do good work that isn’t just for rabid sensationalist shite and the paycheque.

    We need to hang the first type and laud the second.

    Amen.

  3. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker

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    Another thing: I was a journalism major in college at one time. I found it, and still do actually, quite enjoyable to try to piece together a publication for masses. I know that many of the LC’s who post here would have made great newspaper people, but instead of working for a paper, we all started blogs.

    The reason I didn’t ultimately get a degree in journalism was because I got tired of butting heads with leftist professors who thought a good journalist was someone who carried the torch for leftist causes. For example, our college rag ran a million op-ed pieces supporting gay rights (this was the 80’s, and our Opinion editor was a very butch lesbian).

    However, at one point, the administration announced they were closing one of the bathrooms on campus because homosexual male students were openly having sex in it during school hours. Also, the administration was tired of replacing the walls between the stalls due to the same students constantly punching holes in them to better access. When this story broke, the paper’s “advisers” would not allow us to report the story. The only reason any part of the story appeared at all was because of the Op-ed piece that ran the next week ripping the Administration for being homophobic.

    Sadly, today’s journalists are the products of the schools that produce them.

  4. SeniorD Comment by SeniorD

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    Here in the People’s Socialist Community of Madison, Wisconsin, it not an unusual event when the Government wants to keep the proletariat in the dark. Witness the secret budget talks that have been on-going for weeks with no information being released.

    As for the news blackout? What we don’t know we can’t use to elect a new Government in a couple of years.

  5. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

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    Stinking ghouls….why I don’t mourn too much when one of them makes the news rather than filming it.