Media mistakes in the Colorado shooting
Was the media coverage impartial? Ellen Ratner weighs in.
- Duration 6:01
- Date Jul 24, 2012
Was the media coverage impartial? Ellen Ratner weighs in.
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Like back to the the shooting in and Aurora Colorado.
There's a lot of -- Instant reaction when you get in an instance like this Allen and you sort of several instances in which you think.
That pots of the media reacted to be in ways which say everything about how bad.
Leave the media react sometimes there -- actually three areas that we considerate of those of us who are really quite impartial on I'm.
I'm a partial person when I do some things but when I -- -- fashion.
-- do right in the middle.
And -- Brian Ross.
Suggested and run up being the chief investigative correspondent for ABC -- yes and his initial suggestion that the theater.
-- shooter could have been a Tea Party person well.
That was completely responsible.
And in and rush to get very quick news a lot of news organizations I'm glad fox was not one another.
And do very.
I would say it.
Off the -- kinds of things and don't really think about what they're doing so -- he suggested that he may have been an active Tea Party member.
And of course later on it was acknowledged that and there was no.
And we know about political motivations right then.
ABC news they they got a double whammy this week.
They also called up the mom.
And they said you know are you.
Are you are you are you.
That it would mister Holmes is mother.
Is James Holmes your son yes -- you have was he in Colorado yes you have the right person.
Well that got taken out of context.
And when they talked about him.
Being the shooter it's better it was placed as you have the right person as if she knew her son was a bit -- or whatever whatever right so that's number two don't.
-- and numbers -- eight.
On the other side of the Fed.
The bright -- news.
Claimed that bad to add.
It Joseph Pollack -- reported that he had a voter registration card showing that he was a Democrat.
Well that as well also fall season so you have three people and they wanna get ahead of themselves they wanna be out there with the news instead and being accurate.
And I think and this all shows that accuracy is more important.
Then getting out -- -- and that's my unbiased -- For -- -- and -- I I totally agree with you and also Tom.
Did this kind of thing it really in the first 24 hours and people are gonna stop on any -- stop playing politics and it.
This is about nothing more than the senseless and -- Of twelve people -- to -- at least as -- says deal with the facts first deal with what happened that.
Talk about politics and gun control whatever it is you wanna talk about later but did the time was not enough first when he.
-- and -- is exactly right it is and it's not just about accuracy it's about people's wanting to inject.
Politics into everything whether you're on the left to weathering right.
And when you're dealing with the tragedy of this magnitude had there's no place for some -- -- but it's it does seem inevitable in this world and politics.
Is injected into everything Allen at the most inappropriate time sometimes.
Well that's that's absolutely right and I think again.
We have to look at the competitive news environment and realize.
That their people who don't necessarily.
They don't necessarily have all of the the kids going to their website and -- and -- -- do something.
That's gonna put them front and center and I and be a little edgy you know what when you're -- -- it's really bad news trying to do the.
Employee is all of -- lose journalists who work.
AG and wrong.
Brian Ross in the case of ABC news the guy from bright -- Joseph public I think -- -- his -- -- a -- until -- -- -- -- didn't do the employers -- all of those two reporters.
Have a do -- -- to make some kind of statement take some kind of action against them.
I will -- do I run -- news agency and I got news for you if will be his mom -- agency if one of our people.
Did something like that we would put up an apology and retraction and an apology since -- in the atmosphere a -- well it but an apology in this.
Context may work.
But with all too often in our modern news environment.
There is no accountability.
Where you can say things you can do something you're not gonna get fired you're gonna do it an enormous amount of damage it will live on line.
Almost indefinitely even even the mistake does.
And and it can be very damaging to people's reputations can be very hurtful in this in this circumstance.
Ends there and needs to be more policing within these different organizations and frankly I think that the conservatives.
Because this happens more to consume more to conservatives than it does to liberals.
When and an organization does something that is outrageous like this -- conservatives should just boycott the network.
There's an enormous amount of now people out there.
About about about and yes how about ABC but how about them -- bright our plan.
Should should conservatives boycott that I mean really I don't believe in point -- I think that's just stupid the only way that you can impact these news organizations -- by hitting them where it hurts and that's in their pocketbook and even if it's for a short period of time.
Unless the news organization is going to be self policing.
And in this circumstance you could not be able to get away with an apology but when their issues their reputation no issues there are factual issues for talking about about different.
How long enforcement -- today on Hyatt hotels is going to be effective.
Probably not there's a boycott on the state of Arizona nice some people is effective probably not.
All right I think there's other ways you have to deal all right got to wrap it up there all of these.