The age of the Internet has gotten out of hand with irresponsible reporting, essays, “fact” news and hysterical commentary. Can anyone actually refute that statement? If they attempt to, they haven’t read the accounts of the mainstream media and Internet contributors concerning the Norwegian massacre.
There should be a three-day media respite on such tragedies for news cyclists to collect the solid facts of the situation. That would have saved the Washington Post’s neoconservative blogger Jennifer Rubin, who thoroughly embarrassed herself last weekend.
Before more solid information began to appear concerning the shocking car bombing and mass shooting, she used the story to advocate preservation of the Pentagon’s annual budget and condemning the proposed trimming at the Department of Defense – All in the name of preventing more violence such as the Norwegian mayhem. Huh?
Like so many in cyberspace, the rush to judgment is a knee-jerk reaction of epic proportions.
“A sobering reminder for those who think it’s too expensive to wage war against jihadists,” she wrote. Rubin had made an immediate judgment that the attacks came from some mysterious Middle East group. Her warning conjured up images of American fighter jets and aircraft carriers coming to the rescue against unknown assailants in the fijords of Norway.. Huh?
When the initial reports became fact, the story revolved around a lone gunman who was a native Norwegian with “fiercely anti-Islamic and pro-Israel views,” according to the Jerusalem Post- of all sources! Whoops.
But this outrage should not discount the left’s accounts (opposite opinion) in the immediate aftermath of the shootings in Tucson last January. They too are guilty of jumping the hard news gun.
Without the slightest evidence, organizations like the Center for American Progress pointed to a graphic on Sarah Palin’s website depicting an electoral map with cross-hairs as proof of a right-wing gunman taking his cue from Republicans. Huh?
Whether the mass murderer in Norway was a jihadists or a right-wing nut or Christian fundamentalist isn’t the real story days later. It is the startling discovery by the world’s media that this deranged maniac will only serve a maximum of 21 years in a Norwegian prison. Huh?
That’s the story these many bloggers should be zeroing in on – 21 years!
In the end, there is little to be learned from a deranged loner who takes up arms and kills scores of innocent people. What will be learned eventially comes from the medical community. The quick-fingered blogger is the irresponsible preamble.
If this tragedy teaches Americans anything, it is stop using partisan social commentary to score points for your “big scoop.”
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