Agree with the OP. Here's my view, summed up by the wise Marilyn Manson in a post-Columbine Rolling Stone interview:
"I think it's terrible when anyone dies, especially if it is someone you know and love. But what is more offensive is that when these tragedies happen, most people don't really care any more than they would about the season finale of Friends or The Real World."
I think it's all the more offensive just because of the circus that happens. ABC News incorrectly identified the shooter as a member of the Colorado Tea Party, then a couple hours later said, "oops. Wrong James Holmes. Sorry everybody." In the rush to scream "FIRST!" on national television, media outlets are reporting any information they find, regardless of factuality. They handled the clean-up very well, but the simple act of reporting such easily proven falsehoods as fact is a picture of the sad state of today's media. On a related note, the "Tea Party" angle was jumped upon so quickly because people want to rationalize all of this away. "It's the music he's listening to!" "It's those violent video games!" "He was a far right-wing, Tea Party conservative, so of course he'll have guns!"
"Who gives a fuck what he was listening to?! What ever happened to crazy? What, you can't be crazy no more?!" - Chris Rock
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