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Morgan Freeman’s Newtown ‘Statement’ Almost Definitely A Hoax

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Important update: The real author of the “Morgan Freeman” quote has spoken with us at length. In a follow-up interview, Mark from Vancouver explains his words. (And I apologize to him.) You can read that interview here, and leave comments if you appreciated his viewpoint.

Commentary | Morgan Freeman’s supposed statement on the “real reasons” behind yesterday’s Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has been getting a lot of posts and reposts on Facebook, but the very self-righteous, preachy and downright wrong in points missive is almost definitely a hoax and not the words of the actor. (Update: Screenshot below shows a possible source for the quote.)

(Second Update: Morgan Freeman’s rep confirms the Newtown, Connecticut statement attributed to the star is indeed an internet hoax.)

The Morgan Freeman Newtown statement is, first and foremost, not traceable to any particular time, outlet or media source to whom the gravelly-voiced frequent narrator would have given the series of sanctimonious “thoughts” on the shooting. No interviewer claims credit for speaking to Morgan Freeman after the tragedy, and no single entry on the web for the lecture on the effects of media, publicity and journalism in general cites any reputable source in collecting the supposed remarks from the stately star.

But the missive penned almost definitely by someone other than Freeman who “borrowed” the actor’s voice to lend credibility to their own thoughts is striking a chord nonetheless — likely because it gives people not only a quick cause on which to blame the horrific events (that durn news industry!), but also a bit of assumed smugness in posting the comments back to friends on Facebook and Twitter after days of coverage.

The Morgan Freeman Connecticut shootings hoax begins:

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why … It’s because of the way the media reports it. 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?”

The purported Morgan Freeman statement continues:

“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 … 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.”

Firstly, let’s pretend that CNN definitely used the term “holds up” in comparing the Newtown massacre to the Virginia Tech casualty toll. It’s not inherently morbid to examine a tragedy’s scope in relation to other tragedies and it doesn’t magically becoming “ranking” the two to compare the number of victims killed.

No one is saying one shooting is “worse than another,” but the sheer number of gun massacres in the US prompts many Americans to wonder about the relative impact. This is human nature, as old as the first printing presses, and not in and of itself exploitative.

Fake Morgan Freeman continues:

“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.”

Which is utterly, provably false and anyone who has wept and watched the coverage of the Newtown tragedy saw this first hand.

Gun Control Petition Continues To Gain Support Among Politicians And Online After Connecticut School Shooting

Was there a big media frenzy yesterday when the killer was first identified as Ryan Lanza and then Adam Lanza? Of course. Because this event is newsworthy. It should be noted there was equally a frenzy when victims’ identities were confirmed, and while Adam Lanza has been less of a popular term today, victims names have been intermittently trending on both Facebook and Twitter.

Don’t let anyone tell you bearing witness or reporting is a sin, crime or glorification of the many senseless and horrible deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary. Journalism and media predate the internet, the television and the radio, and tragic events are tragic. But one of the few things hundreds of millions of Americans can do in the wake of the Newtown school shooting is to remember those who died and consider what we can do to prevent such deaths in the future.

As for the idea naming a killer in the news inspires more deaths? Hardly. America’s deadliest school massacre occurred the better part of a century ago, before fame was linked to murder. (And for the record, most fame-hound killers are too narcissistic to die with their crimes. Anyone wishing to obtain fame this way is going to stick around for the coverage.)

The root problem behind these shootings never was fame, and the idea it is is one way people can minimize the impact as well as avoid addressing real issues like access to mental health care and access to heavy combat weapons in the civilian population.

The Morgan Freeman Connecticut school shooting hoax quote concludes:

“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.”

And there we have it — the real thrust of this supposed Morgan Freeman rant on Newtown. Gun control. If you address the elephant in the room, you are part of the problem.

Hell, you might as well go buy Adam Lanza a beer and a crown, because clearly the media is at fault for the shootings in Newtown, and not a series of cumulatively dangerous policies in America that make treating severe mental illness more costly than buying up a shooting range and going on a spree.

If you, like the people below, think Morgan Freeman is going to blame talking about gun control for the deaths, you should remember he also called the Tea Party “racist” back in 2011:

“It is a racist thing … [The rise of the Tea Party] shows the weak, dark underside of America. We’re supposed to be better than that. We really are. That’s why all those people were in tears when Obama was elected president. ‘Ah look at what we are–this is America.’ Then it just sort of started turning because these people surfaced–like stirring up muddy water.”

While Morgan Freeman likely didn’t make these silly and off-base remarks chiding the media and advocates for stricter gun control, it will also likely continue being pushed out across the internet as people look for plausible ways to deny we can actually do anything to prevent tragedies like the one yesterday in Newtown, Connecticut.

It’s totally fine if you think detailing the facts of a tragedy killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary. But please stop putting words in Morgan Freeman‘s mouth.

EDIT: Much of the credence given this Morgan Freeman Newtown “quote” comes from a post on Examiner. However, please note the author does not cite a source and adds:

“This examiner happened to stumble across the words of Morgan Freeman and his thoughts on the event on Friday as well as other mass shootings.”

Examiner did not directly receive comment from Morgan Freeman on the Sandy Hook shooting, as many have suggested.

UPDATE: In a Reddit thread about the Morgan Freeman Newtown shooting quote hoax, Redditor Quintilian751 claims that the attribution to Freeman began as a joke among friends about finding a way to make the remarks a man named Mark from Vancouver made after the Sandy Hook tragedy go viral on the internet.

The commenter provides a screenshot of the original quote by the man, and subsequent joking about attributing it to “Morgan Freeman or Betty White.” While the screenshot is not definitive proof the quote stems from here, the timeline also precedes the quote’s popularity and may well be the source for the spurious remark.

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404 Responses to “Morgan Freeman’s Newtown ‘Statement’ Almost Definitely A Hoax”

  1. Garret Swanson

    I completely agree with Morgan Freeman. whoever wrote this article is an idiot. Morgan hit it right on the head. These people want to be famous by doing something horrid only because there is no other way else in doing so. I will never use information from this cite again after what I just read. Whoever wrote this should be fired. Seriously…

  2. Brandy Savage

    What a crappy article. The relevance is not about who said it but the content itself. And this writer vigorously justifies the media going over every detail in this shooting. "It’s totally fine if you think detailing the facts of a tragedy killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary." Sorry champ but that's a horrid straw man argument (meaning it isn't the argument at all). The argument is that the media's sensationalism helps drive other potential killers to try to top the previous event. Try to stay on the ball here; after all it's your job not ours.

  3. Amanda Kaye Bennett

    I don't even care who said it. I like the arguement the supposed "Morgan Freeman" gave.

  4. Kim LaCapria

    I did. But almost never does a quote like this turn out to be real without a source. There is no source for this quote. Again, fine if you agree with the sentiment, but it's not fair to put them in Morgan Freeman's mouth because chances are he did not say it.

  5. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    Disgusting… Defend your career, defend your career! The writer refers to "America’s deadliest school shooting" and cites a Wikipedia article without realizing it wasn't a shooting at all. The writer justifies sensationalistic media coverage by saying that "Journalism and media predate the internet, the television and the radio…" Well, if that's all that's required, then prostitutes (the so-called world's oldest profession) are the most reliable sources of information on the planet. The writer should realize that it doesn't matter who wrote the words, the facts show that today's news media (especially the online media) will do anything to grab another piece of the market share.

  6. Evan Purrier

    I don't care whether or not Morgan Freeman said this I know that media journalism is a cause for shootings both self inflicted and catastrophes like Colorado. I know it isn't the only cause but there would be a heck of a lot less shootings if we took the advice accredited to Morgan Freeman.

  7. Garret Swanson

    Kim your vocabulary may be superior but your arguments are not.

  8. Kim LaCapria

    It is commonly referred to as a school shooting, and a gun was involved, but I will change it to massacre. Since it is not news, Wikipedia is the most common source for people to read cohesively about the tragedy.

  9. Kim LaCapria

    It is commonly referred to as a school shooting, and a gun was involved, but I will change it to massacre. Since it is not news, Wikipedia is the most common source for people to read cohesively about the tragedy.

  10. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    "Almost never"? When did journalism became a game of odds? Pick up the phone and call his agent. By the way, if you had researched it, you would've found that the event you refers to as "America’s deadliest school shooting" wasn't a shooting at all. It was a bombing, which is a completely different type of heinous crime from the mental aspect of the perpetrator. (You may also want to stop citing Wikipedia as your source.) Also, did you bother to look up the definition of "ranking" before you chose to use it in "quotes" and tell us what "ranking" means? You say "it doesn’t magically becoming “ranking” the two to compare the number of victims killed." Actually, that is fairly close to the definition of "ranking", which is "an act or instance of indicating relative standing." How do you put yourself up on this podium of rectitude without signing your name to the byline and without having the ability to do true journalism? Arrogance… that's how.

  11. Kim LaCapria

    The quote is currently not sourceable. If the quote becomes sourceable, I will change the piece to reflect it.

    I'm not calling Morgan Freeman's agent at midnight on a weekend to ask a question I already know the answer to.

  12. Ke'Juan Leek

    By the way a 17 year old pot head, junkie idiot can edit info on Wikipedia. That is NOT a reliable source. I dont think you need to be a writer. First basic principle of writing use factual information to give your audience. That is writing 101.

  13. Brandon Sack

    I don't care if these are Morgan's words or not whomever wrote this hit it right on the head!!!

  14. Thomas J. Miller

    Brandy's statement still stands. I don't care who said it… the content makes perfect sense, and watching this article's author get as defensive/squirmy/snippy as a senator caught in a bordello only shows that maybe the media is uncomfortable when someone points the finger where it rightly belongs… at the media.

    Tell me something: We have media outlets who claim empathy and sympathy, then goes out of their way to film every sob, every shudder, and every moment of grief and humiliation among the town. Whatever happened to giving the grieving some privacy?

    They sell adverts (and I daresay charge higher rates during massive tragedies) and do glorify the killers. Even CNN's Anderson Cooper, who goes out of his way to proclaim that they will not do so, leaves the scene, then CNN broadcasts shows such as Nancy Grace, who proceed to do just the opposite of what was proclaimed.

  15. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    I thank you for your willingness to change the commentary to more accurately reflect the factual history. You may want to consider that there is a difference between somebody who works for a media outlet to report on something and somebody else giving their opinion about something (whether or not it is actually Morgan Freeman). As a member of the media, you are held to a higher standard.

    A logical reader wouldn't hold the faux-Freeman to 100% accuracy in the (supposedly) off-the-cuff rant. For instance, when he writes "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." The reader doesn't hold the writer to a standard of accuracy in that regard because the writer does not put themselves on a pedestal.

    On the contrary, an editor of an online news site who is writing about the tracing the root of a story "to any particular time, outlet or media source" has put herself so high on a pedestal, that they had better do their research. Grossly misrepresenting a bombing massacre as "America’s deadliest school shooting" destroys your credibility. Then, to go preaching about the meaning of a word without looking it up only shows your bias and willingness to manipulate the facts in your favor. In the end, your argument is left looking weak and your credibility is nowhere to be found.

  16. Kim LaCapria

    I really do not understand your point and I am trying hard here. Morgan Freeman did not say this. As "Morgan Freeman did not say this" is pretty thin commentary, I wrote an op-ed around the reasons this particular statement has taken off- because Americans desperately want to shed their responsibility in the tragedy.

    Op-eds are carried in outlets across the globe, this is not a "standards" issue.

    Further, as I said, the massacre in Bath has been referred to as a shooting before given the instrumental role of a shotgun in many of the deaths. I changed the wording I used after you complained.

  17. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    Viral messages calling into question the question the role of the media can be destructive to a writer's career, but the most telling part of all this can be found at the very bottom of the website… "The Inquisitr is made possible through the support of Ads Served By: DoubleClick | Advertising: Google AdSense | Hosting: SoftLayer | Images: ShutterStock"

    Messages questioning the integrity of the media don't sell ad space, but attacking the writer, misrepresenting the truth, and redirecting the dialogue in order to be the first to say that it wasn't written/said by Morgan Freeman do generate mouse clicks, which is what drives the business that cuts the paycheck. Congratulations, you've proven the faux-Freeman correct.

  18. Sean Jelínek

    Sorry buddy, but there isn't a shred of evidence to suggest that the media's approach to these kinds of situations spurs on more of a similar nature. Almost all major shootings in the US have been caused by a cocktail of mental health issues.

  19. Rose Beauchamp

    If the true author of this bit of tripe really believed in what they wrote, then why would they need to essentially lie and attribute it to Morgan freeman?

    Thank you Kim for writing the truth, even if it bursts the self righteous bubble people have.

    Massacres are not solely the responsibility of one thing. Piss poor gun regulations, media sensationalism, lack of mental health care-all of these things play a part. To try and blame it to one leg of the stool makes for nothing but a fallen down problem.

  20. Pam Whitehead Muneer

    Wait a second, I thought Morgan Freeman passed away already? Oh wait… that was an internet hoax. Oops!

  21. Michael Hagerty

    Brandy, if the relevance is not about who said it but the content itself, try this experiment: The statement blasts the media and says gun control is not the solution. Let's say Rush Limbaugh wrote it instead. Is it still brilliant?

  22. Kim LaCapria

    Charles E. Gates Jr. Whoa, way to break the whole thing wide open. Newsflash: ads support websites.

    Regardless of how many backflips you do to justify falling for a hoax, Morgan Freeman did not say this. I'm not sure why you're so frustrated. Commentaries are part of media. Discussing the veracity of a fake quote is not a sinister attempt to trick people into finding out it's not true. I saw it circulating, I wrote it up, expect to see many more sources do so tomorrow.

    Again, I think this is resonating with so many people because it allows plausible deniability for the factors we can't change. Media reports the news. That is what media does. News doesn't kill, murderers do.

  23. Mike Belleville

    I read the MF article today and agreed with it because the intention of the opinion was clear. The way the news media reports on these kinds of things is geared more towards getting the highest ratings possible. I believe that gun control is only part of the problem. There are a lot of different factors that are contributing to why we are letting innocent children be killed in mass shootings. There is something seriously wrong with our society when we let these kinds of things happen. After I heard about this on Friday, I said to a friend that this is because these messed up people want to go out in a blaze of glory. Something needs to be done about this as a country.

  24. Caitlín Ní Cheallaigh

    I don't get this article. Why write that the statement credited to Morgan is fake but then not say something like, "I spoke to Mr. Freeman who denounced the post," Huh? How have you proved it false? Just 'cause you said so? Ridiculous doesn't even begin to describe your self-righteousness…

  25. Melissa Montgomery

    Are you out of your mind? Buy that monster a beer because the media is to blame? No one in their right mind would suggest such garbage. Just like all the copy cats of Columbine, he was a nobody that now will get weeks of full media attention. If you think constant media cover doesn't play a part in this, you are a complete idiot. But hey, you tell yourself whatever you want to help you sleep at night.

  26. Tammy White

    I don't care if Morgan Freeman said this or not, I agree with the sentiment. There is a huge difference between reporting the news and what happened yesterday. News outlets didn't bother to check sources before running with stories about the killer's name, his family and whether his mom worked at the school or not and yet you attack this. Who, in their right mind, decides that its newsworthy to interview the children that survived this right after it happened? It is a way to obtain fame whether you like it or not. Whoever said this was right that we need to focus on mental health research, we need to focus on people and not the guns. People kill people, not guns and maybe if we focused on that, these tragedies wouldn't happen.

  27. Danny Del Rio

    I agree maybe he didn't write this but it doesn't change it's worth. Media is partly to blame. Instead of picking apart the post the truth setter should simply have identified it as a hoax. How ever there is no actual connection there also is no word from Mr. Freeman

  28. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    Wait a minute… Now you're going to attack me personally? I didn't fall for any hoax. I never cared who wrote the original message. That didn't matter. I never believed what the writer wrote about CNN because the writer themselves admitted it was only their perception. If you want to attack me because I agreed with the point that the media uses tragedy to make money, then so be it. The sad thing is that it IS A NEWSFLASH to many news watchers & readers who believe whatever they see because they trust the media.

    You say that this is not a standards issue and I am fine letting that be okay. However, you have been exposed of manipulating the facts to better suit your storyline. You have a choice now. You can edit the story to be accurate and move forward, learning from your error and becoming better at your craft. Or, you can continue to attack me personally, and then I will contact your editors and ask to talk to the ombudsman. I have worked in the industry for years. I know how it works. It's not easy, but when the truth is blatant, it is much simpler. I am fine leaving things how they are now, but if you choose to attack me further, I WILL make this a legitimate standards issue with your editor.

  29. Rick Clark

    Kim… Let Charles have the final word in his attempt to establish his relevance.

  30. Bruce Krager

    The issue with this statement is that many (not all) shootings have nothing to do with gun control. We can make owning guns illegal, but that will not stop people from having them. Most crimes are committed with an unregistered weapon. Which means it is not in the system and anything that happens with said weapon has nothing to do with our gun control laws.

  31. Doorway to Freedom

    Charles Gates is dead on about what is wrong with the media. Kim LaCapria is a good example of why America is so misinformed because they are receiving bias and opinion instead of real news. Thank you Charles, you really know what real journalism is.

  32. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    Kim – I wish you could step outside your bias for a minute and read what you are writing… if you are so arrogant to believe you KNOW the answer, then you will never be able to REPORT on the truth of the matter. Is it your job to KNOW everything about the topics upon which you write or is it your job to RESEARCH and REPORT about those topics? Don't bother calling. If the agent said the quote is actually from Mr. Freeman, I'm sure you would find some way to disagree with them.

  33. Doorway to Freedom

    "Morgan Freeman 'did not' say this" because Kim LaCapria said so. Get over yourself. I am so sick of this kind of bs in the media. You only have an agenda for ratings and this is what is destroying and dividing America, the media turning away from real actual journalism. This article was dead on and you just proved it right here.

  34. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    I agree with Ms. LaCapria that the source of the quote is most likely NOT Morgan Freeman. She is correct in noting that the Examiner(which of itself can be an unreliable media outlet) goes out of its way to say that they only came across the quote.

    She grossly misrepresented a bombing massacre as "America’s deadliest school shooting". Then, she preached to us about the meaning "ranking" without looking up the definition, which was actually what she said it wasn't.

    The problem here is that Ms. LaCapria could have been the one who researched the truth and reported upon it. Instead, she did the same thing that she is criticizing… deciding for herself what is – or is not – the truth without doing any research. Now she says she doesn't need to find any sources, because she "knows" the truth.

    I thought the Inquisitr would want to inquire, but apparently, the Inquisitr knows it all already.

  35. Kim LaCapria

    Charles E. Gates Jr. As you probably know, it is impossible to prove a negative unless Morgan Freeman himself chooses to refute the statement himself or through a rep.

    The lack of source is the telling part, as there would be no source aside from an acknowledgement from Freeman 'or' a source to prove he said it. None has yet appeared. And I stand by my statement he likely did not say it.

    As for "ranking," one meaning of the word specifically refers to achievement. Unless you are suggesting that the media is framing this tragedy as an achievement, then the meaning fits my intent.

    http://bit.ly/WfAnIt

  36. Doorway to Freedom

    Kim Lacapria is now resorting to ad hominem trying to attack Charles' credibility since she can't argue his points. How is that picture relevant to the points here?

  37. Fabian Johnson

    Regardless who said/wrote it, it's still true. We need to stop glorifying these people. I swear no one cares that things like this happen, they just care about ratings and pushing their own agenda. I don't know the killers name and I never will. I don't care about him. I don't care "how many' were killed and I don't care that "many were hot multiple times. (CNN wrote that) can you believe it? Why do we need to know that kids were shot multiple times? The media disgusts me almost as much as the killer.report the tragedy, find out why it happened and focus on informing us on how to prevent this and how to help the families. Not how many times they were shot or the killers life story.

  38. Jared Hansen

    'i said what is true'… 'freeman "probably" didn't say this.' it's true that he probably didn't say this? how does this make sense? so there's doubt there? what's really being reported? sounds like this is an opinion piece. you are adding nothing to the conversation. i mean, what specifically leads you to question the authenticity of freeman as the author? only faux-reporters like you write for the inquisitr.

  39. Latoya Rivera

    I do not think the writer was serious on that line, she was being sarcastic.

  40. Jared Hansen

    i find it ironic that this 'inquisitr' employee has to justify the acts of the media. just by writing this article in the way that it was written, kim is giving credence to the accusations of this 'freeman impostor' or whatever.

  41. Kim LaCapria

    I see your point, Fabian, but at the same time, is it realistic for media outlets to not report the facts of a crime? Unfortunately, the killer's name is a part of the story. It is newsworthy.

    CNN did not write that, CNN quoted that. Dr. Wayne Carver, the ME in Newtown, said those words.

  42. Ariel Dahan

    Oh lay off of Kim. This was about whether this is a hoax, snopes style, not about the content of the post, except to point out when there are incorrect "facts". You can agree with the sentiment without taking Kim to task for doing her job – and the Inquisitr is probably not the type of media targeted by this anonymous missive.
    Mentally deficient people are just that – the media has its flaws, but to think they're responsive for school shootings is taking things a little too far. They covered it as they did because it is a major news story when some whackjob decides he needs to take weapons to shoot at little kids, and any kind of attention that can help us wake up to the need to better treat and prevent such occurences is a necessity.

  43. David Peart

    Amen. Not only are her sources as questionable as the quote she decries, but she does so by attacking the man

  44. David Peart

    Amen. Not only are her sources as questionable as the quote she decries, but she does so by attacking the man

  45. St. Louis

    While I respect the thoughts that went in to the statement supposedly given by Mr. Freeman, I believe it is far to narrow to be a complete or effective answer. Before Columbine and the media was around to take the blame, Billy the Kid and Bonnie and Clyde were plenty enough inspiration for the mentally ill to out do one another. This predates CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, you name it. They have always found ways to be inspired to do as they please. Going down in a blaze of "glory" is not a new concept. While I am glad that it did mentioned mental heath research, leaving out gun control is a tad short sighted in my opinion. The reason we top the charts in gun related homicides amongst 1st world countries is not because of news reporting. Our news sources do not report any worse than any of the other so called first world countries. It sure is easier to get your hands on a fire arm here though. The reporting is the same. The gun laws, not the same. The math on this brings me to a different conclusion than the one posted in the "Morgan Freeman" response. On a side note this man relies on the media in all forms for his income. He is a smart man. How likely do think it is that he wrote an article blasting them? Don't answer. I'll tell you. The odds are not good.

  46. St. Louis

    While I respect the thoughts that went in to the statement supposedly given by Mr. Freeman, I believe it is far to narrow to be a complete or effective answer. Before Columbine and the media was around to take the blame, Billy the Kid and Bonnie and Clyde were plenty enough inspiration for the mentally ill to out do one another. This predates CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, you name it. They have always found ways to be inspired to do as they please. Going down in a blaze of "glory" is not a new concept. While I am glad that it did mentioned mental heath research, leaving out gun control is a tad short sighted in my opinion. The reason we top the charts in gun related homicides amongst 1st world countries is not because of news reporting. Our news sources do not report any worse than any of the other so called first world countries. It sure is easier to get your hands on a fire arm here though. The reporting is the same. The gun laws, not the same. The math on this brings me to a different conclusion than the one posted in the "Morgan Freeman" response. On a side note this man relies on the media in all forms for his income. He is a smart man. How likely do think it is that he wrote an article blasting them? Don't answer. I'll tell you. The odds are not good.

  47. Nathan Acreman

    First let me say I agree with you to the point that Morgan Freeman did not say that. To say Americans are the ones to blame however, is assinine. Up until a about two decades ago we placed all of our mentally ill in sanitoriums, the results were disgusting. Countless evidence of abuse, torture and murder and zero results. What's the statistic of a mental person commiting a crime compared to all mental people? Probably less than 5%? Truth is you don't know but would be happy to take them all out of the system to make you feel safer, nevermind that you also strip them away from their families.

    The human race is like the weather you can forecast based on the norms but the overall results will be spontaneous because we are not and can not be controlled.

    What happened at Sandy, (the second time this year something with that name has been associated with tragedy) was a travesty but there is no simplistic knee jerk answer that will fill this hole to keep it plugged. Gun control will never work, and mental illness awareness is far to vague to even acknowledge as a solution.

    People will always look for something to blame when tragedy happens, the media, the degradation of society, guns, mental illness and they will go as far to politicizing their points, but it is only to massage the wounds and to feel as though there was something we could do.

  48. Latoya Rivera

    How about this… Stop watching the news, stop reading news papers, and stop looking for news articles via internet since so many of you blame the media. Hypocrites… You guys blame the media for horrific and needless information, but fail to turn the TV, flip the page, or fail to avoid these websites. This is public information. If the media decided to with-hold details, we would rally about our Constituent; our rights to public information. The media tells the story, it doesn't create criminals. It provides awareness of the world around us.Maybe they talk too much or give too much information, but that reason is only because of us, the audience. We want details, rather than a summary of what took place, and if the details aren't interesting, then the ratings/clicks are low…

  49. Jayson Berray

    Who cares if Morgan Freeman said those words or not. The words are true.

  50. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    Kim – I don't deny I posted the message. But I don't see how that matters. I don't care whether the original statement was written by Morgan Freeman, the Pope, Kermit the Frog, or Honey Boo Boo. I didn't care then, and I don't care now. The statement, no matter who wrote it, said many things I agreed with and a few I disagree with. It appears that is true for a lot of people.

    You can attack me all you want in your attempt to divert attention from the fact that you misled your readers through deliberate falsehoods. You've already said you don't need to contact Mr. Freeman's representative (the route taken by legitimate members of the media) because you know the truth yourself. Your belief in that you are the all-knowing power led you to believe that your readers would blindly accept your blathering defense of the indefensible. Then, when your fallicies were exposed, you chose to dig yourself deeper. Your expertise is as a makeup artist for patrons of luxury spas, no wonder you thought superficial arrogance could cover over the flaws of your base argument.

  51. Amanda Montgomery

    Maybe Morgan Freeman did say this, write this, whatever, without accrediting any type of news source ON PURPOSE! Because the media DOES sensationalize the gunmen in all these crimes and gives wackos (like the one who did this unspeakable crime) a road to "glory." Sickening but true and it is a true shame that the gunmen will always be remembered and none of the victims ever are. I hope we hear more about the incredible teachers and children that were so brave in this disaster. Breaks my heart this happened…

  52. Kevin Johnson

    There will be and always have been near idiots,sociopathic behaviors,neuropsychiatric deficit individuals.The media does not control the behaviors of 300 million U.S. If Mr.Freeman or the real writter should believe the MEDIA is the controlling factor to such horrific crimes,the he/whom ever,and feel the Media is causing them mental emotional disturbances,I suggest he/whomever,seek mental health resources immediately!

  53. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    Kim – Thanks for finally correcting the mistruths of your article. Feel free to attack me all you want. That's right, I tweet. Post it for all the world to read. I may get a few more followers out of it. I really don't care either way now that you actually CHANGED YOUR COLUMN BECAUSE I POINTED OUT YOUR FLAGRANT MISREPRESENTATION OF THE TRUTH. It's pretty telling though that you chose not to indicate a change was made in the "EDITS" section at the bottom of the article. Don't worry, I have full-page PNG file of the original for memory's sake.

  54. Scott Abney

    In regards to the question at hand, did Freeman say the statement? I agree the odds of him saying it are slim to none, though it may have happened. But to try to dissect the context of the post and point out such things as impact of gun control and mental health of people (again factors which I give credence too), but downplay the impact of media is ridiculous. I realize you get paid based on clicks, but you do realize there is scholarly research that has been done showing a correlation between youth aggression and media coverage (all forms) right? http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2001-17729-001

  55. Kim LaCapria

    Because if I tried so hard to obscure it by acknowledging my edit to you in the comments immediately? No one is attacking you. You don't need a PNG file to prove something I SAID RIGHT HERE IN THE COMMENTS. Wow. Lobbyists are awesome truth-tellers.

  56. St. Louis

    I agree with the bulk of what you just posted. Humanity too often lacks humanity and will surprise you frequently. Agreed. That said, knowing this about humanity and not taking steps to mitigate the damage done in situations like this is ridiculous and defeatist. If he did not have access to an assault weapon it would have at least slowed the carnage causing less families to have to suffer. He would have still caused pain. Yes. But half of those kids might still be alive. You might not be able to stop people intent on causing harm from doing so, but you sure don't have to make it easy.

  57. Tucker Fleischmann

    This girl uses vocabulary to spice-up her arguments rather than legitimacy and logic.

  58. Charles E. Gates Jr.

    Kim chose to make this about her. She had a strong argument, that was based on some fact (CNN and FOX coverage being misrepresented), but she undermined it all when she let her bias take over. She chose to call a bombing massacre "America’s deadliest school shooting" and preached about things she deliberately chose not to research. If she had chosen to actually call Freeman's rep, she could've been the first to break the truth. Instead, she used her powers as the All-Knowing, Great and Powerful Oz to divine the "almost definitely" truth. Then, she chose to engage in an online debate with us, who clearly have nothing better to do than to argue with her. She's stuck in a land war in Asia now. (By the way, the whole reason Mr. Freeman employs a rep is to answer this type of question from the media, at all hours of the day.)

  59. Jon Lucas

    Terrible editorializing. The story is that Freeman probably never said it, but you went on a goofy rant to defend the news industry. Obviously the quote went viral because people agree with the sentiment. Its clearly a message that a lot of people agree with: that an inappropriate media circus surrounds acts of violence like this. Who are you to judge people for that, especially since you're denying something that everyone knows is true? If it bleeds it leads, Kim. Duh! I don't understand how you can even refute it. I've heard the incident "ranked" as number 2 behind VT and YES IT IS MORBID! Do you really deny that? Despite what you say, Lanza's face HAS been all over the news and THERE IS an element of celebrity that news outlets tend to court with these killers. Its not new, but don't deny it Ms LaCapria. I'm sure that on-scene reporters are in the fog of war out there, but the other people and I who liked or shared the fake Freeman quote really didn't want to see 9 y/o's being pumped on camera about the event this morning. Its sick. Whoever Fake Morgan Freeman is, he's right. Klebold and Harris, Lanza and Holmes (the Batman killer), really seem to us to have been playing to the crowd and we wish the press was less complicit in flesh rending and more of a Fourth Estate. Its not all on you though. Apparently there's a market for traumatized kids and yearbook pictures of murderers framed in dark red. I guess I just wish the press was more apt to channel Cronkite and Murrow.

  60. Lupi Espinoza

    It would totally not surprise me that this morgan freeman hoax was created by those nra nuts… U guys cant be that naive. Open up your mind, check.the facts and make an opinion of your own… Its easy to blame media cause its far more outta control than gun control politics wich would make you feel guilty, thats why this hoax is so popular

  61. Nathan Acreman

    What law could have been passed that would have prevented this? Would gun laws magically make all guns disappear? If the man cared about what the law had to say, why wouldn't murder in the first stop him? A law neither serves to prevent or to protect it only offers punishment for disobedience for following said law. Mental health specialist exist as well as medication, but how do you propose getting people to seek it?

  62. Michael Burmaster

    You people need to chill out. This a commentary article, meaning it is equivalent to an op-ed piece. This is one persons opinion on the subject.

  63. Sean Orcutt

    I don't care who said it. Instead of "Son of Sam" or "Unibomber" we should be reffering to these guys as "bag of dogshit" or "filthy scumbag". Murderers are the bane of our society. We need to take away the power they have over our media. I like the idea of using the ugliest picture available to publish to the media, but there should also be laws passed to push these guys to the back pages of newspapers, and very limited air time on radio and t.v. news. They love the attention. It gives them a sense of purpose, when really they are completely useless and should off themselves in the basement.

  64. Jon Lucas

    It sure is an argument. You're saying that the statement, (regardless of who wrote it), is false. It isn't. The press plays the music that psychopathic performance artist murderers dance to and way too many of us watch.

  65. Rob Rose

    Morgan Freeman or not EVERY. SINGLE. POINT. that's made is right on the money. You can't put MORE blame on the media than on the person who actually did it BUT to sit and say that the media's portrayal is not a HUGE part of the problem is unbelievably stupid.

  66. Tom Hunter

    I love how this article tries to blast others, and then sticks their asinine editorial on gun control at the end. No…gun control is NOt the elephant in the room. Because even in the make believe world that the worthless "writers" (in reality, welfare recipients supplementing their welfare checks with $50 a week from blogging) live in, where apparently, wihtout access to guns, this murderer would have stay at home with his mother and sang kumbaya instead of finding other ways to let out his rage, allowing LAW ABIDING citizens to carry guns save more lives EVERY YEAR than all the mass murders that have occurred in the last 20 years. And that is even assuming Over a MILLION crimes are prevented every year by law abiding gun owners. Even if just 0.01% of them would have resulted in murders, that is 4 times as many people as died in Connecticut yesterday.

    This is also why in EVERY state (no exceptions) that have passed CCL legislation in the last 30 years, the violent crime in that state has DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY in the years following the law. And that also in EVERY state, the rate of CCL holders who have been involved in a violent crime is significantly lower (over 50% lower) than the general population.

  67. Jon Lucas

    Well, that's a nice summary, Latoya. I guess we should just be fine with "real" journalism sliding to the depths of tabloids and sensationalism. Maybe you didn't flip the channel when you saw microphones being put in front of 3rd graders an hour after a mass murder, but I did. Me and a lot of the other people who liked the Fake Freeman post are disgusted by the circus and we didn't participate in the sensationalism. Some of us chose not to manipulate the deaths of children to support political views or gain ratings.

  68. Kim LaCapria

    For the record. I have stated time and again on this very site I support legal gun ownership. And in fact, today I argued with several of my more conservative co-workers conversationally that I do not believe harassing legal gun owners helps.

    So there you go.

  69. Nathan Acreman

    In her defense she doesn't classify as a journalist nor does this story classify as news, she is a Blogger. Granted I think much of the news today has become glorified blogging with press credentials, but true journalists would never hang out in their comments feed to defend their article. While I disagree with her opinion, other than Morgan Freeman didn't say this, she is a good writer.

  70. Kim LaCapria

    Thank you. I have, however, seen writers on many sites foray into the comments.

    Sometimes we feel that if someone takes the time to reply, we should address their concerns, particularly on a commentary piece. It feels rude not to much of the time.

  71. St. Louis

    Laws banning assault riffles for starters. If these laws had been in place as they should have been for decades the number of semiautomatics on the street today legally or otherwise would be less. The supply and demand structure will have changed and that effects everything. It just got harder for your grand children to be mass murderers. I never said it was instant. Over time the number gets smaller and smaller. Thats how it works. I wouldn't take everything from places like England at all but they have proven a few things valid that we could learn from. Also, I know of a situation where a threat was made similar to what just happened and seen by a family member who reported it and that person was taken into a facility and treated. A person who needed help, got help. He did not seek it but he got it and no one had to die. I hope this answers your question.

  72. Kim LaCapria

    I would argue the hoax proves the opposite point. It wants to allow people to feel safe in not learning the facts of a situation, and the selfsame people go ahead and spread a large falsehood, clearly not attributed to the person quoted.

    If only there were an industry they could turn to in order to learn about the facts of a situation and how it may or may not have unfolded… oh, wait…

  73. St. Louis

    Laws banning assault weapons for starters. If these laws had been in place as they should have been for decades the number of semiautomatics on the street today legally or otherwise would be less. The supply and demand structure will have changed and that effects everything. It just got harder for your grand children to be mass murderers. I never said it was instant. Over time the number gets smaller and smaller. Thats how it works. I wouldn't take everything from places like England at all but they have proven a few things valid that we could learn from. Also, I know of a situation where a threat was made similar to what just happened and seen by a family member who reported it and that person was taken into a facility and treated. A person who needed help, got help. He did not seek it but he got it and no one had to die. I hope this answers your question

  74. Latoya Rivera

    It isn't a "Huge" part of the problem, its more small percentage of the problem. what about the good ol' days when the media did not exist. Who was to blame? How can we blame the crimes committed in our generation on the media? On this same day, another man in China or some Asian country murdered children at an elementary school. What about Africa, where rebels kill anyone who is not untied with them? Rob, yesterday it was video games, bad parenting, etc., yet today it is the news media and mental illness. We do not know the motive behind this murder's outrage and actions. He didn't leave a note stating that the he wanted to be notorious, famous, or acknowledged.. he used his brother's I.D for heavens sake. Not everyone who watches/reads the news become killers or think about committing a crime similar. This would be more plausible during the generation of the Zodiac killer, the Ice man, etc. Now, if you are talking about media as a whole, such as as social, television, print etc., then yes you are correct.

  75. Cheryl Dennis

    I think you like to hear yourself 'talk'. What a wasted of reading time. Maybe you could have spent more time on mental health care and how to slow this gun frinze

  76. Sam Camarillo

    Wait according to Facebook Morgan Freeman died at least 3 times already, how could he write that?

  77. Jon Lucas

    Billy the Kid and Bonnie and Clyde were robbers. These crazy shooters certainly ARE a new phenomena. You really don't think they're putting on a show? Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed in an escape attempt. They didn't plan on "going down in a blaze of glory". That's a terrible analogy. Clearly, there is massive media fascination with these so-called-crazy-monsters who murder ass loads of people for no apparent reason. Hell, half the time they do it in costume and leave videos behind for the press! The Columbine kids went in with black trenchcoats and Matrix shades on a warm cloudy day in April and filmed themselves blowing things up in the woods. To pretend that the press promoting the hell out of death for money isn't a TERRIBLE thing is just crazy. This whole article is just an example of the Nuremberg Defense!

  78. Nathan Acreman

    To your second point first, that goes along with what I was saying it already exists, but it has to be utilized and there is no law or mandate that could inforce it. Onto the first point the gun used was a bushmaster .223 caliber rifle. It's a highly accurate rifle, but it would be a leap to call it an assault rifle, although it has been used for that, it's a hunting rifle. Should we also outlaw hunting because all weapons used in hunting could in fact be used to take human life? If these guns were not already here you could probably place a successful ban on them but they are not only here they are here in wide abundance. The question is was this premeditated or spontaneous? If it was premeditated no gun law would have prevented this, if it was spontaneous there is still no guarantee he wouldn't have found a gun as laws don't dictate availability. Drugs are illegal, but people still somehow get a hold of it easily, guns would be the same.

  79. Jon Lucas

    Exactly. Her auctioned off opinion is even less valid than the crap people write on facebook. Good point.

  80. Latoya Rivera

    Jon, you are right I did not change the channel, because I was not watching it. Maybe you should thoroughly read my comment before you jump the gun. My point is… people like you make those ratings higher. Would you have continued watching the news if it only discussed the bases? Probably not. How long did you watch the news before you turned it.. how long did you follow the media about this particular case before you were disgusted?

  81. Latoya Rivera

    Jon Lucas, you are right I did not change the channel, because I was not watching it. Maybe you should thoroughly read my comment before you jump the gun. My point is… people like you make those ratings higher. Would you have continued watching the news if it only discussed a fraction of what it did cover, and if it did..would you surf the web looking for more answers..such as who the gunman was, how many times he opened fire, etc.? Probably not. How long did you watch the news before you turned it.. how long did you follow the media about this particular case before you were disgusted?

  82. Tara Mayberry Pendleton

    Wrong. It is widely held that Wikipedia is NOT a credible source. Many universities allow its use as a "jumping off point" but usually require another crediable source to be the final citation.

  83. Amanda Ravsten

    You don't think they keep talking about which shootings are worse by numbers?? What network were you watching. You think they talked more about the victims than the shooter/s?? Nope. Hope you don't intend to be a real journalist when you grow up, you're not even legit enough for main stream media.

  84. Kylie Douglas

    Great article, Kim. It's just a shame that most people don't get it. The real threat we're facing is the unjustified attack of the media, which poses far greater long-term ramifications for democracy and freedom of speech than possible changes to gun laws will ever have. Shooting the messenger is just a convenient way for certain politicised groups to divert attention from the real issues.

  85. Ryan Dale

    You're assuming the mainstream news is accurate. I'm not saying it's not, but don't assume that just because a news reporter is saying it that they're really giving the full picture or the right perspective.

  86. Jordan Hansen

    Whether he said if or not, the statement is right. We should not look to gun control, but rather to the breakdown of American values. The shooting in Scandinavia a few years ago is in a place with VERY tight gun control. And with regards to the chiefs plAyer, he was a fuckin football player, he had fame, and he was fucked up in the head. Yes he did it with a gun, but everyone knows damn well he could have strangled her without receiving so much as a scratch from her if he wanted, and he was clearly determined to do so.

  87. Darren Johnson

    What idiotic comments. So with this logic we should not have named Osama bin laden after 9/11? Don't you people get it, the media reports what people want to know. The if what when and why always needs to be answered in tragedies. The author was 100% spot on.

  88. Morgan Malkiewicz

    Let's point fingers at the media! No, let's point fingers at guns! No, let's point fingers at Morgan freeman! No, let's point fingers at Kim LaCapria!

    Here's what's up: Kim has a point. If there is no credible proof, then we shouldn't be putting words in Freeman's mouth. Aside from that point.. there's really nothing here to fight over.

    Are you people really this insecure that there needs to be an argument about the media right now? Or about gun control? Or that you think Kim's getting defensive because her market is getting attacked? What does any of this matter? Reading over these replies, it is more obvious than ever that everyone is afraid of admitting that we are the problem
    Every damn one of us.

    We're all pissing our time away arguing about some fake-or-not quote on the internet. What else could you be doing? Newtown happened. It's over. They are dead. The world is going to keep turning. Time spent arguing over nonsense like this is time better spent pushing the turn in a different direction. It really doesn't matter who you think is to blame, or who said what
    Because Lanza killed 20-odd people. And that's what happened. The root of the problem is us.

    So just go be a better person. Because these things happen, regardless of how unfair it may seem. People die. Children die. You are alive. Everyone else is still alive. Go and make life a bit less hard on people around you, and maybe things like this won't happen as often. But don't forget they will happen. So don't get crippled by the injustice, or wrapped up.point fingers. Just do something.

  89. Robin Peacock

    Jeff, just what tf is that supposed to mean? How many people did HH massacre in one day? There is no evidence, as yet, that this guy had any mental problems whatsoever.

  90. Clayton Winters

    Yes Yes… everything we ever say is either completely wrong or absolutely right and nobody is ever just doing the best they can with a little wisdom here and a bunch of normal human mistakes. Yes yes… it is easy and comforting to believe that every machine-gun massacre or whatever tragedy only had one simple reason because we like to dream that we could fix it all if we just found the right string to pull. Yes Yes… we are even simple childish enough to think all the school massacres not only have only one cause to root out… but it is the same reason for each of them… Wouldn't that be fun if there just one thing we could do and make all bad ugliness go away. Guess what. There is. It's called 'LOVE'. -only two problems -you can't make anybody else do it if they don't want to and, worst of all -you have to get off your ass and do it yourself instead of telling other people what different people should force a third group of different people to do about it. That never works. It doesn't work at the barber shop or the office water cooler or over beers at the local watering hole. It ain't likely to work on the internet either.

    This is what MY personal imaginary Morgan Freeman said:

    When you see the news…. remember you are watching what is newsworthy. What is different, outside the norm, and beyond the ordinary is newsworthy. You never see what happens every day on the news. You see what almost never happens. That's what makes it news. When the news tells you a house burned down… that means many other houses in the neighborhood are not burning down. It is nobody's interesting headline that reads: "Many millions of houses did not burn down today, just like yesterday and the day before," because that is not interesting to sell commercial advertisement. It is also not news.

    So when the headline reads, "Children massacred in school," be thankful to hear that on the news. Why? -Because when we see the headline "Children have day in school with no murder and learn something" as if that is the extra special different unusual day from all the rest… that day is the day of real tragedy.

    In other words… for every school there was a massacre at… there are many many others where no such thing happened. This is why shootings are on the news and not stories of peace and learning in school. Keep this perspective in mind please… and try to enjoy some other kind of art/culture/entertainment in addition to the news, which is always a bad message… even when it tells us good news. That's what news is… the very different things that are not normal, -especially the bad ones. If you watch too much news, your world seems like a very ugly scary place because you are only watching the ugly scary parts.

    Read a book, watch a sunset, or see a play… or maybe try talking to somebody face to face. The news is a tiny little slice of this precious human life. An ugly piece that shows us what does not belong. Take a deep breath and remember how much of life in this universe does belong.

    That's the romanticized fake-hero celebrity Morgan Freeman I like to fantasize about. Listen to your own pretend version guardian angel conscience of America Morgan Freeman. That's what the first amendment is all about, right?

  91. Antonio Griffin

    I think the author does take into consideration that the media doesn't tend to post anything in criticism of itself. I've never seen a lengthy interview, that features a guest, who goes off on a tangent blaming the media. Usually it's cut shortly after.

  92. Kyla Meserve

    First, this isn't really all that newsworthy. I could tell the first couple of times it was reposted that there is no way this was Morgan Freeman. As with many things on the internet, the only way to make that thought go viral was to add a name to it that it didn't belong to.

    With that being said, this quote making the rounds wasn't the first I've heard of someone saying something similar. In fact, my husband was already looking at some of his "conspiracy theory" websites (for lack of a better term) to see their reaction to it. Some of it was the same stupid "government did it" drivel, but some people actually posted studies claiming the same thing. There are places where they DON'T make stuff like this front-page news, and it hardly ever happens in those places. It isn't a huge thing there. Yes it's sad, and yes they report about it, but it isn't blown up the way this was.

    I also was already talking myself about how there needs to be less focus on the guns and more focus on the people. Actually get a better mental healthcare system. Because the one that is in place right now isn't cutting it. Too many pharmaceutical companies have their fingers in other people's well-being, and it's doing nothing for them. Pushing pills is really all they do. Add in apathetic clinicians (not all of them, mind you), and you've really got a screwed up system. Also, maybe removing the stigma of "if you ask for help you are weak and less than human." That societal stigma is what drives people to NOT seek the help they need. We all just want to fit in, and when you have a real problem and are told to "get over it" instead of actually having someone care, that's going to just make it worse. Apathy is the problem, and it needs to be fixed.

    I'm not saying that poor mental health is an excuse for what happened, by no means. It is a tragedy, and it's disgusting. But, that doesn't mean we should turn and look the other way on this.

    Get away from the political BS and take a good, long, hard look at your fellow human beings. Take a good look. That is where your focus needs to be. Not your petty agendas.

  93. Doug Capehart

    Thank you for writing this! I knew is was b.s. the moment I read it. There's no way Freeman would comment like that while the tragedy was still unfolding, and he has a much better grasp of the English language than the author. It's been driving me nuts to see how gullible so many of my friends are. Yr my hero for the next hour.

  94. Joshua Kaufman

    I think it's funny that people blame the media. While I agree that media coverage of such events is disgusting, the kind of media we have reflects our taste as a society as a whole. We crave all this nonsense and they give it to us. Then we feel guilty and look for someone to blame. So we blame the architecture that we created according to our viewing desires and choices. Sad, really.

  95. Tony Carruthers

    I just had a look through this journalist's timlone of articles published in the past 24 hours.. This is not intelligent reporting by any means folks. Yes, its a hoax.. Take that fact, and ignore the rest of the article.. Any journalist that makes a living publishing the kind of tacky unintelligent articles Kim does isn't likely to influence my decisions. As a side note, since the shootings, Her articles have gone from Kanye's skirts twitter account, to 100% school shooting related material.. http://www.inquisitr.com/author/kimberly/

  96. Mark A. Hudson

    It does make sense Kim. I cannot really see Morgan Freeman an opponent of "gun control". Although he is a great actor, et al, he does appear to be "far left". He claims the Tea Party is racist and he is a fan of Hugo Chavez. Those are his beliefs and it is his God given right to have those beliefs whether you or I agree or disagree. My intention is not to be derogatory towards his beliefs or the"far left". I'm just stating a "matter of fact" as it relates to your article and his alleged statement on Facebook concerning the tragedy in CT. I'm sure we'll be hearing from him soon… Thanks Kim, good analysis.

  97. Kyla Meserve

    My GOODNESS, you people are thick… Obviously if you believed THAT hoax, you'll believe anything. Here's a little tip for ya: not everything you read on the internet is true.

  98. Tony Carruthers

    reading news from this site will make you ignorant, thats for sure..

  99. Mary Harden

    No gun law would have prevented this. The guns used did not belong to the shooter. People who want to commit a crime can and will get guns. Gun control is for law-abiding people.

  100. Thomas Kuborn

    You're kind of operating under the opinion that people who are rallying behind gun control are doing so in order to stop mass shootings, when that is not entirely correct. Most people for gun control want to stop the one death here, or the one death there, or work against a growing suicide rate. Everyone can admit that these mass catastrophes are nigh impossible to prevent (although I will be an optimist and say there was a chance), which is why people want to do all they can to prevent the more small scale events. Because the reality of the situation is that every year in America more people are gunned down due to theft or domestic disputes rather than mass shootings.

  101. Zacarias Nason

    I'm going to prevent myself from being engulfed in the general rage and hysteria, and say that in any case, there are a multitude of factors present, and if you want to effectively solve a problem, you need to look at all of them. Taking a single part of it into account isn't going to significantly change the issue. The Media does share some blame. On a purely mechanical, cause and effect level, the mentally disabled share blame. Loose gun control shares blame. There are a myriad of issues present, and anyone trying to point fingers in a single direction with a great weight behind their statements can surely be said to have ulterior motives.

  102. Dorian Williams

    Wrong. Wikipedia is a collection of sources, most often credible ones, with citations. If a statement lacks an outside source, they make that apparent. Therefore, it's definately a valid resource and the 'anyone can edit it' logical fallacy doesn't pan out.

  103. Rhaysa Fe

    Whoever wrote it hits it right on the head. You can justify how this is "newsworthy" all you want. The way its been handled, the way its always handled is disgusting. STOP interviewing children!

  104. Terry Roane

    Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws on the planet. Mexico is also host to some of the worst mass shootings on the planet. Yeah, gun control works.

  105. Tracy Whitten

    It really doesn't matter who said what. It really doesn't matter who agrees with who. What matters is there are families who will be going through Christmas without their loved ones. "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" their lives have been forever changed. It's sad that someone's mind operates like that! As horrible as things are right now, doing away with guns is NOT the answer. If you do away with guns, you may as well do away with knives, bats, golf clubs, anything explosive, cut everyone's hands off (I know, that sounds drastic but people have been beaten to death) and pretty much ANYTHING that can be used as a weapon! It can't be done! A person who wants to kill is going to do so! It's just a scary world we're living in..And sad…

  106. Zacarias Nason

    ^Discussing problems is worth merit. "Pointing fingers", albeit in more than one direction, with a rational basis, is fairly necessary to have some type of agreement on how everybody should "turn" the world so it's not one step forward, one step back.

  107. Anonymous

    Do I care if he said it or not? No! I do not care or am I interested in what he or any other "actor" has to say about anything. I agree that tragedies like this is newsworthy but to interview friends and/or family of those involved are a tragedy especially right after the incident. We need to know when things like this happens so, hopefully, we can do something to prevent it from happening again. Evil is rampant is our world and until we turn back to God, it will continue.

  108. Michael Stimpson

    The issue is not the law but its enforcement. There are other issues at large in Mexico, such as the number of cheap guns coming in from the US, the demand for illicit drugs in the US and low personal safety.

  109. Joe Mueller

    This article is absolute nonsense and the author does not get the point. It does not matter who wrote it but what is written. Absolutely correct, the press in thos country is scraping the bottom of the barrel in every regard, sensationalizing for the sake of ratings, Pure GREED, and by want to be reporters, who want to make a name for themselves.

  110. Brian Chambers

    Any media outlet will call this a hoax, because basically, it says the Media is partly to blame for these massacres. Who cares if it's a hoax anyways, it's absolutely 100% correct.

  111. Danny Del Rio

    I just want to point out the rifle was in the car. He used two semi auto hand guns. There is very little legally that could have changed this from happening short of all guns being illegal. I feel horrible about this. I have two daughters and have been in a situation where a person threatened my house at 3am. I answered back with my wife being armed and myself. Our world is full of fanatics and just plain evil. I believe in God and I believe I am doing right by protecting my family first and my neighbors second then myself. I will never surrender to evil or give up my guns. I will point out if you look at all of the cases of shootings there are a number of likenesses. Male, Age group, Race, back ground etc.

  112. Brian Chambers

    How do you know Morgan Freeman did not say this? Do you live next door to him and you asked him? Did you call him up and ask him?

  113. Tony Carruthers

    Fathers of shooters in both this massacre, and the colorado massacre are both due to testify in LIBOR scandal!

  114. Steve Bartlett

    For those of you who are ignorant enough to fall for this B.S. that the media is responsible for producing mass murderers & that it is wrong not to parade the victims all over the news without giving them time to mourn, here is an article about the hoaxed quote that Morgan Freeman didn't say.

  115. Brian Chambers

    Wikipedia is not credible period. Anyone and everyone can edit it or anything in it. I find untrue facts every time I go to the site. So you can say my last post is spam, but I really did do the post about Elvis and it stayed there.

  116. Tony Carruthers

    there was a second person arrested at the scene in camo gear…. not much in the news about it!

  117. Michael MacPhereson

    Should point out that the psychologists of the world, the people dealing with the mental health problem, are saying the exact same thing… The media is the problem, they're focusing on the killer, turning him into a star. They also point out that the 24 hour coverage is a problem and that because if this you can usually expect another mass murder within a week or so.

  118. Steve Ippolito

    Blaming the medical system amd guns again…(combat weapons eh)…talk about bad reporting and bias media! Learn before you speak/write idiot

  119. Scott Klinkhammer

    Kim. Spot on article . I love the trace back to Reddit. Thank you.

  120. Patricia Beasley

    Agreed. Wikipedia is not a reliable – credible – source. You can use Wikipedia however, you would need a backup source to prove Wikipedia is right. Seeing that Wikipedia is ran by people like you and I, anyone can change the information at anytime. So, again when using Wikipedia – you will always need a followup source. My school, Ashford Uni. in Iowa, does not allow Wikipedia to be a credible source.

  121. Jeanne Lamb

    Definitely some good points to ponder…the media definitely exploits for ratings. Thusly bringing a specific person to fame…whether it is in a good light or a bad one…it is fame.

  122. Stephanie Landers

    Thanks for clearing up the possible source of this statement but I respectfully disagree with your opinion.

  123. Travis Daniel Gogan

    who cares who said it. those are the words on any sensible human beings mind after witnessing the medias whoreish quest for ratings. you know when this first happened cnn had me under the impression that there was another suspect who was involved and in custody. if by chance this "suspect" happened to fall into my hands, bad things would happen to an innocent person….all because cnn was more concerned about ratings than the truth.

  124. Travis Daniel Gogan

    ps, what type of news head line is that? "Almost Definitely A Hoax"? modern media coverage these days reminds me of teenage highschool drama…you know like the type that would cause an unstable person to go over the brink and do something this horrible.

  125. Mike Teixeira

    The tactic to get a wider audience by using a celebrities's name isn't my favorite, but their names are used to promote and say so many useless things that in case I'm glad celebrity worship is being used for a positive and important message. It is important to add dimension to the conversation, it's not just about gun control or mental health or media coverage…its a combination. The biggest mistake "Mark" made was not attributing it to Lindsay Lohan.

  126. Shane Williams Sr.

    So… did you ever think, since you are in the media and should have access to doing so… ASKING Mr. Freeman if he said it? Or did you just get mad because it wasn't a call for gun control and write your opinion with no fact to back it up? You suck as a reporter. If you worked for me you would be fired.

  127. Shane Williams Sr.

    Now, to address the piece in question. The words attributed to Mr Feeman, are very true. If he did not speak them, it is a sad tribute to today's thinking person that such truths would only be listened to should the be spoken by some one who's career is to entertain and not to bring about the discussion of such social issues. Whether Freeman spoke these words or not, they ring SO true to most of America and for you to slide right on by that and assume that it must be a false statement is the abhorrent picture that America has of people, like you, who are in the media. The question shouldn't be about Mr Freeman. The question should be about YOU and your responsibility to the American people. You sensationalize the bad guy under freedom of speech and don't think that you are screaming fire in a crowded theater. You are the worst kind of purveyor of information there is if you still believe that calling something a lie is more important than the content of the piece just because it was attributed to some one who may or may not have said it. (which you have no clue about because you didn't check). You are nothing better than a gossip. You don't care if it's true as long as it's juicey and people will listen to you because of your low self esteem or your over blown sense of worth. (I haven't read enough of your work to determine which). Please shut up.

  128. Austin Bousquet

    Are you serious with this comment? If I were to EVER cite Wikipedia as a source in any of the classes I took at UMass, I would have immediately been handed back my research and told to find more credible sources.

  129. Mark Morrison

    That was a whole lot of writing just to attack the Second Amendment. I wish you would have prewarned us and I could have avoided the time I spent reading it.

  130. Rebecca Te'o

    Regardless of it being (probably) fake, I can't understand how anyone can support this perspective. Not sure where the logic is in blaming the news media for perpetuating horrific events like the one in the US, because a nation and its politicians can't face up to the cluster-eff created by their insanely lax gun laws, cultural glorification of violence, lack of equitable and effective health services, and politicans heavily influenced by lobbyists. Give me a break.

  131. Martin Epstein

    Jared: "it's true that he probably didn't say this? how does this make sense?"
    If you roll a 6-sided die it is true that the probability of it landing on 5 is 1/6.

    Charles: "'Almost never'? When did journalism became a game of odds?"
    {Dewey Defeats Truman} Some time before 1948.

    Amanda: "Maybe Morgan Freeman did say this, write this, whatever, without accrediting any type of news source ON PURPOSE!"
    If the quote is real then there has to be a source, whether he accredits it or not.

  132. Rob Kennedy

    "Wrong. Wikipedia is a credible source allowed by many universities."

    Wrong. Many university professors will automatically fail any paper that cites Wikipedia as a direct source.

  133. Cathy Foster Howard

    This article is just another way for the media to try brainwashing us into thinking their way. Media is evil personified! They will go as far as they can to get a story no matter who it hurts. As a whole they are no.more than pond scum.

  134. Jeff MaGee

    I'm sorry, but people don't compare tragedies by death count? BULL FUCKING SHIT! If people didn't 'rank' tragedies by the number of dead, why then is the death toll always a major point in a report? Why do reporters compare one tragedy to another to 'give scope' of the current tragedy?

    Whether you wish to believe it or not, people DO rank tragedies (why else would we be told that this recent shooting may "rank as one of the worst shootings in the history of the United States"? Come on now, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that some people focus on these things. What was the point of 24 hour, non-stop coverage? Ramming cameras and microphones in distraught childrens' faces? There wasn't one.

    It seems that the media has no respect for humanity – someone with a heart and compassion would give survivors a chance to breathe and calm down, rather than making said survivor relive the tragedy over and over again, so that the public can know what happened? Fuck the public. If you needed to know, you would.

    These words and opinion are shared by many, sadly there are some who cannot accept that others have a different take on a situation.

    People need to be capable of looking at the whole situation and asking critical questions, such as why does the media oversensationalize tragedy? Why did we need 24 hour coverage of this latest shooting? What good could possibly come from ramming a microphone and a camera into the face of a traumatized child?

    We all need to sit back and ask questions about media reports – there is always information withheld, either on purpose, or because the information is not available. Start picking holes in media stories – it's much easier than you think!

    Remember that media coverage is always biased towards the opinions of the author and the media conglomerate delivering you the polished and spun story.

    Don't remember the shooter, remember the victims. Remembering the shooter gives him what he wants – immortality.

  135. Tonya Jarrett

    "…instead of pointing to gun control as the problem." IT ABSOLUTELY IS. Private citizens should never have access to assault weapons. The victims on Friday were shot multiple times. I'm glad you debunked this alleged Freeman statement, Kim. Snopes has it listed as well. I saw it at FB and thought it smelled like bad fish. Sounds like an NRA member wrote it, not Freeman. By the way sheeple, I do remember victim names. Thanks to media. You have to sift the good from the bad.

  136. Laura Holmes

    What a horribly biased article, very poor reporting. Under the guise of uncovering a hoax on FB and someone falsely using Freeman's voice, the author uses the article to push his beliefs on gun control. AND the author insinuates that Freeman is really for gun control, The author is guilty of what he is supposedly exposing… falsely using Freeman to push an agenda.

  137. Mark Morrison

    Take away "assault" weapons (nothing more than semi-automatic rifles, hardly "assault) and people will kill each other using other means. Bombings, Suicide bombings, knives, bats etc. Disarming the law-abiding citizenry does nothing more than leave the weapons in the hands of criminals. I whole-heartedly agree with you that we should be more interested in the mental health aspect of the crime, but the answer to these questions will NEVER lie in stripping away the Bill of Rights. Be it the NDAA, the Patriot Act, sobriety checkpoints, HR347 or EO13603, it is historically classic move for the government to latch onto a tragedy to make a power grab from its people, usually with their mass approval.

    "This who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither" – Ben Franklin

    It never fails to shock me how many people are willing to sacrifice their means to self defense and protection in the hopes of receiving it from a bankrupt government who cannot provide it.

    Speaking of England, you are aware than in the 10 years since their weapons ban, gun related crime has almost doubled?

  138. Aminda R Courtwright

    the universities I went to strictly forbade the use of wiki in research citations. You could use it to do research but you better site "credible" sources in your work, apparently keith you don't know how wiki works..it is editable by anyone at anytime hence its lack of credibility.

  139. Anonymous

    with the obama adm. fast and furious program buy 1 get 1 free program! mexico just needs to call there hook-up obama and gets some more guns in mexico, just in time for christmas drug cartel party!!!

  140. Mike Hultin

    /facepalm. If someone didn't say it, THEY DIDN'T SAY IT. Are you people this daft? How are you any better than the media? The social MEDIA clearly is just as malfunctioned – seeing as you're content to pass off false information as being true, "just because of the content." Get a clue.

  141. Chris Bornstedt

    Really? who effing cares what Morgan Freeman said? He's a scumbag actor who should keep his mouth shut. Actors need to act and that is it because 99.99% of the tiie they have no clule what they aretalking about and don't even realize they are the 1% that America hates. By the way if Morgan freeman made a comment about this shooting it would have bee a racial comment becausee that's the way he rolls, the only thing Freeman has been correct on is that America has yet to have a black president and he was 100% accurate about that.

  142. Mike Hultin

    Why wouldn't you care about who said it? What if I put that Hitler said it? Would you care then? Would you share it? Passing off false information is ignorance. period.

  143. Mike Hultin

    So your solution to solve these problems is passing off false information? Ironic, you blame the media yet you are contributing to false information on social media…weird.

  144. Graham Foy

    Don't blame the media…she might be out of a job. Kim thesaddest thing about you is that you actually seem to take yourself seriously as some kind of journalist

  145. Anonymous

    are you serious! do you think the gun did this , when are you liberals going to understand its the person and the method they decide you use. what next banned cars when a hit and run happens. so sad the way you liberals think so shallow!!!!!!!!!!

  146. Gregory V Tavares

    morgans part of that hollywood drama syndicate. he cant deduce real violence from acting. does he remember the crimes against children he perpetrated in our schools in the late 60's along with his money greedy hollywood and jew types?

  147. Mark Morrison

    The MSM has been corrupt for years. Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw have made quite an issue over how twisted it has become. If you seek the truth, stay away from the television and educate yourself on the facts, before they are spun by the popular and bought-and-paid-for media.

  148. Mike Niederer

    Sounds like whoever wrote THIS crap article is just jealous because they didn't have the brains to say something like that.

  149. Anita Wills

    I guess the writer does not see the Oklahoma City Bombing as a significant event in American History. Grant it a gun was not used, but children were killed, just like in Newton. We know the name of the bomber, (Timothy Mcvey), but I defy anyone to name one of those children who was killed. This is the point and regardless of who said it, the point is well taken.

  150. Angela Bishop Newman

    Regardless of who said it, it was well said and it's true. The media are out of control and it would be a good dose of medicine to all of them to turn them off and shut them up for a while.

  151. Anonymous

    well…………… it's now Saturday and I can't turn on a mainstream news channel without this stuff constantly being covered…. still… from the school. Yes, BLAHOO… the media should cover this shooting…. 24/7 for days… and I agree with the statement that Morgan freeman didn't make.

  152. Jr Rice

    Sounds like someone stepped on he toes! She just PROVED the point behind the MESSAGE of the post, REGARDLESS of who actually said it. Look around, take note of why it spread so fast on social media outlets… look at the comments of your own story, Kim LaCapria. Take note of the world around you… Step back and look at it from a NON journalistic view. How many different ways has the SAME story been beaten into the ground EVERY TIME something similar to this happens? How many times had the story CHANGED? What would have happened if someone had decided to take it upon themselves to kill the brother of the shooter in Conn. Even though he was innocent, he had already been receiving threats. WHY? Because the NEWS MEDIA REPORTED INCORRECTLY (before checking ALL the facts) that it was him. Oh, and by the way, we DON'T need YET ANOTHER story informing us as to what color of underwear the shooter was wearing OR where he had his shirt dry cleaned! AND STAND BEHIND YOUR STORY BY PLACING YOUR BY LINE at the TOP of the story, underneath the title. Not HIDDEN at the bottom of the story. It just plain looks bad.

  153. RJ Peters

    So, you criticize the author of this quote for blaming the shooting on the media, then you(the media) go on to blame guns. Hypocracy at it's finest.

  154. Jr Rice

    Then STICK WITH THAT STORY LINE by not trying to interject your OWN opinion on if the words in the message were correct and on point or not. You can NOT provide an unbiased, FACTUAL account of the story when you interject your own beliefs. Journalism 101. AS SOON as you did that, you opened yourself up to scrutiny, and tampered with the FACTS vs beliefs.

  155. Ron Lawrence

    Face it , the news media are a bunch of money hungry pigs out to make millions off of events such as these the could really care less about right or wrong our whom they hurt as long as they get the story and the ratings and the backing of the right people.

  156. Jr Rice

    Michael Hagerty YEP. But even idiots CAN come up with honest, truthful statements that reflect the truth.

  157. Fed Biz

    reguardless of whether or not morgan freeman uttered those words or not, the point of the speech is truem and this kim lacrapia is just another media whore trying to justify what she and so many others do. that is what the media is all about. sensationalizing the horribleness of the world we live in. and for what? their own self gain and gratification. exactly what is being accomplished by talking about and rehashing these type of things in the media? is it going to bring back these dead childrem? no, of course not. it is only going to inciite a copy cat attempt by someone else. these things should be reported once, and then left to the authorities and families. you make me sick to my stomach kim lacapria.

  158. Kevin Terstegge

    Without doing anything other than replying to this comment, please do the following:
    Reply with the name of ONE victim.
    If you couldn't do it, Morgan Freeman says you're part of the problem too.

  159. Jr Rice

    Morgan Malkiewicz … Yes she did have a point as to who said it…. but AS SOON AS SHE interjected THIS line.. "but the very self-righteous, preachy and downright wrong in points missive is almost definitely a hoax and not the words of the actor.", she took the focus away from the story of who said it and turned it into WHAT was said…. Two different stories. WHO THE HELL IS SHE to decide for ME if the message itself was wrong?

  160. Mark Morrison

    @Anita Wills, pointing out the Oklahoma City bombing does not fit her anti 2nd Amendment agenda. I guess "ban fertilizer" doesnt have as much of a ring to it.

  161. Mandy Brown

    Putting the name Morgan Freeman onto the speech was a hint at irony. The comment would have not gone viral had it been Mike Jones. Just like these psychotic people would not get the national attention they so craved if the media didn't constantly put it out there. Sometimes there is just too much information. Talking to children should be off limits too! People insist on trying to make sense of it when there is no real sense to be made. You cannot explain crazy, and that's the scariest thing…not having something to blame.

  162. Jim Watts

    Kim, while correct on most points, you totally missed on the part about gun control.
    The 'rant' says "donate to mental health research INSTEAD of pointing to gun control as the problem". Then you imply that gun control is the elephant in the room and the real thrust of the rant, while the actual words deny your point.
    Most of your views were good, but when you miss that badly, opens the whole article to doubt.

  163. Mark Ridley

    We all agree with the CONTENT – regardless of who said it. Using Freeman's name gives it more exposure but we need to realize that these animals' names should never be made public, nor their picture. And the news reporters should at least wait until they KNOW that they are reporting FACTS. Passing this off as having been said by Morgan Freeman is MARKETING.

  164. David Kecksberg

    My professors (in medical school) pull sources from wikipedia all the time. It depends on what you look at. Someone is more likely to vandalize things like an article on Skyfall than one on apolipoproteins

  165. Fed Biz

    Keith Valor you are an idiot. i have edited and added info to wikpedia myself. so do i not know how it works? anyone can post anything they want on there. learn some facts before you join an arguement.

  166. Anonymous

    Jr Rice :correct me if I'm wrong. But I believe what you are referring to is an opinion..last i checked there's nothing wrong with having one.

  167. Anonymous

    This writer has made a profound statement and, has proved it by saying it's from Mr. Freeman which has very greatly popularized it.

  168. Sandy Buchanan

    I agree with Brandy 100%. The issue is not whether Morgan Freeman wrote the article or not, the issue IS the content of the article and that is where the importance should lie! The content was Right On! Read if you can understand!

  169. Jeff Fountain

    You should have stopped at merely pointing out the falsehood of the quote.

    Here is another quote from Dr. Park Deitz, a forensic psychiatrist and one of the most widely published authors in the fields of criminology, and forensic psychiatry. (you can fact check this quote if you want). This was his advice to CNN and other news media outlets after a mass shooting several years ago:

    “If you don’t want to propagate more mass murders, don’t start the story with sirens blaring. Don’t have photographs of the killer. Don’t make this 24-7 coverage. Do everything you can to not make the body count the news story. Do everything you can do to not make the killer some kind of anti-hero. Localize the story to the effected community, and make it as boring as possible in every other market. Because every time we have intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week. “

  170. Mark Ridley

    We can't prevent the STORY from being told but we can sure as hell prevent the killer from ever having his 15 minutes of fame by NEVER reporting his name or likeness. And had there NEVER been such a shooting as this, who would decide to try it? Most acts are copycat – in that the killer decides to do something similar and usually more horrific – so that he doesn't die a nobody. That constitutes a sick mind as I'd much prefer dying a nobody than to have THAT fame attributed to my name.

  171. David Cihlar

    If you don't know for sure, you shouldn't write that he almost definitely did not write it, Just as bad as the media reporting half facts.

  172. Jeremy Whitney

    Who cares if Morgan Freeman posted these words of truth or not. Just like the media, Kim you are a piece of garbage and just trying to make a name for yourself.

  173. Fed Biz

    and also kim, before you respond with the same tired old response you have been using to defend your post, dont act like the only reason for this article was to say freeman didnt say it. you know that is not true, and you are just hideing behind that to voice your opinions. if that was so you would not be breaking down all of his points and statements with your own thoughts and feelings on the article. you could have just said simply, "this was not written by MR. freeman." but you instead gave your opinion on every aspect of it.

  174. Mark Ridley

    The subject of your piece SHOULD HAVE BEEN that there was some truth to the article REGARDLESS of who might have said it. Instead, you condemn the content simply because the original poster decided to use someone who's famous to rally the readers. Typical liberal ideology.

  175. Ted Smith

    Kim LaCapria….you had your say, you wrote an article; now sit back and let others state what they think of your your article without feeling the need to drop more dialog on every comment.

  176. Fabian Johnson

    Kim LaCapria And By the way, Thanks for the article all the same. I was searching to see if Morgan Freeman really did say those words and you gave me an answer. I respect your opinion on everything else too. In my opinion, You would probably be a better reporter than most of these other folks running around for major companies.

    Like I said. I don't hate all the media. Just the big guys running around exploiting these tragedies. Thanks again. And kudos for defending your article.

  177. David Cihlar

    You are most certainly probably reporting half facts of which you most likely, possibly have zero first hand knowledge of.

  178. Anonymous

    Wow! You guys seem to be doing exactly what you don't want the media to do…draw undue attention to itself for some sort of dramatic relevance. Kim and Charlie are coming of as narcissistic spin docs. I'm finished reading this garbage!

  179. Sergei Simonov

    Hit the nail on the end. The media will always hype up the shooter, grooming him and making him the sacrifice for their political agenda.

  180. Anonymous

    As horrific as these sensless trageties are I am afraid we are far from seeing an end to this kind of mayhem. I beleive its the early stage of the " time out and every ones a winner generation" growing up, these kids were taught that there are not consequenses for their actions and that its not their fault. When they are little and have little problems and have a temper tantrum they get a time out but never learn the coping mechanisms to deal with their little problems. As they get older the cycle continues on and on, eventually they realize that the real world just doesn't work that way. There are always consequences to all actions good and bad. There will always be a winner or a loser. Someone will always be faster, smarter, richer or better looking etc. etc. its the way the REAL world works. These individuals only know what they have been taught from childhood, hence bigger child, bigger problems, no coping mechanisms = BIGGER TEMPER TANTRUM. Unfortunate as it is. Stricter gun control wont prevent these individuals set on destruction and the media attention they perceive as good. China has some of the strictest gun laws but yet a lunatic with a knife killed 20 kids the same day as the Sandy Hook murders. He could have just as easily taken his mothers stolen car instead of guns and driven through a group of kids getting off the bus and probably had a similar body count. Most of the time these unstable individuals are not using guns that they legally owned to begin with. We need to address the real problems in our society and not have some knee jerk reaction to further erode the rights of law abiding citizens. There are approximately 12000 homicides commited each year with a gun in the US. These are all very unfortunate. There are also approximately 12000 deaths related to drunk driving each year in the US. These are also very tragic, but I don't see anyone screaming for a Federal Ban on automobiles. Again this would not address the problem anymore than restricting my second ammendment right to bear arms. There are people who state that the Second Ammendment was never intended to be a right of the individual but as a right of the state to maintain a National Gaurd. I don't see it as such. The first 10 ammendments "The Bill Of Rights" ALL deal specifically with an individual persons rights. Its NOT the the states right to free speech. Its not the states right NOT to have to house Army troops except in time of war. Its not the states right to due process….etc…etc…. All these rights were given to the indivdual citizen of the US. Why would you interpret The Second Ammendment to mean THE STATES right not the persons right when clearly every other right listed is for to individual not the state.

  181. Nicole Emmett

    The fact that the alleged quote is not confirmed does not mean "Morgan Freeman did not say this." This is why credible journalists and news sources are absolutely necessary, especially online.

  182. Bobbie Zahorodnij

    I was pretty sure when I saw it that Morgan Freeman didnt say it but I chose to post it on my wall anyways because I believe the message to be true! I agree with everything that Brandy said!

  183. Vicki Beyer Grimli

    I totally agree that the media is making so much of the killer that others with mental problems will try to outdo. Sad to say but it is the truth. If the media would give us the name of the killer and then drop him/her and go on with the story maybe it would not encourage others to do the same. Morgan Freeman may not have written the article, but whoever did, said it right and I thank them for doing it.

  184. Vinnie Hernandez

    It doesn't matter if Morgan Freeman said this or not, the fact is media just glorified the whole situation to the point where the killer will be a household name just like Charles Manson is. For anyone to condone this statement as false just shows the lack of insight that you may or may not perceived to have.

    The minute Ryan Lanza was believed to be the killer, all news outlets were indeed SWARMING to him until he was proved false. So just by stating that 40% of this article is void. Media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, NBC News jumped the minute they heard Ryan might have been the killer, but then after hearing it wasn't it was a huge foot in media's mouth. News glorifies too much much but the execs of these companies will defend it saying, we need to know what is going on. What use does common people have of knowing all about a killer the way we would know about a an Ashton Kutcher or 50 Cent or any other celebrity? Remember the big car chase with Fox News showing the man kill himself? That's the same exact glorification media does except for this time, its something truly evil with children dying.

    The jist of the "statement" was to make a statement that media has been glorifying any horrific situation and it has, thus defeating the purpose of this article.

  185. Bob Danley

    I really do not care who said it. It is correct in it's assessment. The above article is also a blatant attempt by a part of the media to defend it's jackal behavior. Did we really need to have the gory details of how the victims died? No one was consoled by that. With the media "your right to know supersedes your right to exist" – to qoute a former Cincinnati radio personality.

  186. Jeff Fountain

    The point is that the author could do more to recognize the news media's responsibility to present an un-sensationalized version of tragedies such as these.

  187. Nick Dickson

    @Brandy Savage… Well said.

    I am OK with portions of the article, but others are just getting downright ridiculous. As the pendulum swings between indifference and sensationalism, if we are "reporting" we need to get the information and the story right. As this journalist states "…Hell, you might as well go buy Adam Lanza a beer and a crown, because clearly the media is at fault for the shootings in Newtown…" it becomes sensationalism again. The story, both the shooting and this editorial, should remain neutral to the event, without trying to draw on the heartstrings of people, even though that's what sells the news.

    What about the "BIG PICTURE"? What influences these events? Until the events in 1989 Stockton, shootings at schools were unheard of. They have received enough publicity to put them on the radar of some very sick and twisted people (can we all agree that they are sick and twisted?). Now, in the wake of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Connecticut, et al., they are trendy. Add public displays of violence at malls, theaters, political events, etc. and we are clearly showing that some people are seeking a stage for their performance. For what… most probably notoriety.

    How do you squash this…..

    A few years back, 1941 to be exact, a movie came out named Citizen Cain, reflecting a not so positive image of media mogul William Randolph Hurst. Hurst, controller of virtually all media in the day, did not report negative reviews and denounce the movie as he obviously hated being looked at in such a negative light. He instead didn't print anything about it from any source, essentially removing it from public view. It just didn't exist to many people, and worked effectively in creating a box office flop, though it was arguably one of the best movies ever made and made its mark as such many years later.

    What does that mean for today? Report these events as a story, but then move on from the sensationalism by not glorifying the perpetrator (read: don't give them any air time), getting into his story, reviewing things from every angle, bringing in psychologists to explain why they did this (without really knowing), etc. Tell the story, reflect briefly on the victims, go over preventive measures if possible, then get it off the air so it doesn't draw attention to others looking for a stage. Media: Don't provide them the opportunity to become notorious.

    I respect the media, as they have an important message to deliver. They are not responsible for these events; neither are violent movies, video games, or gun manufactures. That said, there is the potential to plant seeds for thought that and if that potential can be reduced, we owe it to our communities to do so. Fox News, are you listening?

    P.S. This article started out as who authored the editorial but quickly changed into a justification for media sensationalism. As for Morgan Freeman… who cares if he said it or not. The message stands on its own, regardless of the author.

  188. Harvey Lain

    So what? Even if Morgan Freeman did say it what's the big deal? Especially since EVERY WORD OF THE STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELT TRUE!

  189. Tom Joad

    What? Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al "negro leaders" didn't have anything to say? Oooops no blacks were killed so they just keep quiet.

  190. Harvey Lain

    So what? Even if Morgan Freeman did say it what's the big deal? Especially since EVERY WORD OF THE STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY TRUE! I hope he really did say it; of course the media will probably never let us know if he did.

  191. Bob Danley

    Kim LaCapria whoa! whoa! whoa!!! "Americans desperately want to shed their responsibility in the tragedy." Who the hell are you to decide that? How am I, myself, resposible for this? How dare you! Go to hell!

  192. Harvey Lain

    Wolf Blitzer was the most disgusting reporter involved. Grinning and licking his lips as usual and asking stupid questions whenever possible with his whiney sickening voice. Interviewing small children right after this tragedy happened was inexcusable.

  193. Wazir Muhammad

    i've seen many post reflecting the statement this "morgan freeman" said and it never got the light of day. i can imagine saying the same thing in one of the most iconic and intelligent voices to get more attention.

    dont really care if it isnt him, hes right.
    kim is wrong, the media plays a HUGE role in these massares. did you know they are calling what he did "trying to beat James Holmes (auora theater shootings) score for fame?"

  194. Anonymous

    So in your article your trying to make us believe that the news media is not continually dramatising stories before they have all the information. What a crock. You so called journalists exploit every story that comes your way. If that's not bad enough you release biased stories that slant issues the way you want people to see things. Turning off the news may be the best answer. At least that way we are not being misinformed in order to further someones cause.

  195. David Cihlar

    I don't understand, the Tv stations wont show you when you run onto the field of a sporting event, but kill 20 children and you're instantly famous.

  196. Jennifer McKenzie

    It sounds to me like you don't like the depiction of the media in these comments. I appreciate the knowledge that Morgan Freeman didn't say these things, but to continue on to try and defend the media's coverage of the shooters rather than the victims is foolhardy. "Newsworthy" and "Sensational" seem to be interchangeable to the point that the initial reporting of the Connecticut shooting was faulty and dangerously incorrect. And the reason these words resonated.
    This wasn't a reasoned article and seemed to be more of a rant.

  197. Jon Lanman

    People who think this article is crap, please listen. I've read countless replies to this article which I'd like to address. If you're calling this crap journalism, 1) what were you expecting from inquisitir.com, a site which uses one too many I's to spell inquisitor. I'm not saying you shouldn't hold authors accountable for what they write – you should. But if you're trusting such a site for the most reputable of information – perhaps your judgment and choice of news should be reconsidered. 2) People keep saying that the quote is not about who said it – it's about the content. This article doesn't say you can't agree with the content. Go ahead, but it does matter who said it… And if not to you, it probably does matter to the people who we attribute these things too. You agree with it, maybe Morgan freeman does too. But the point is that we can't prove it… There has been no confirmation from him or his people and no direct connection to him that anyone has shown. Lastly – if your questioning this persons journalism because they are questioning the source of this quote… Think about this for a minute. Don't you want your journalists to hold people accountable, and be accountable to what they write? The author herself has even been accountable to you and I by posting and responding in the comments. And in this article she is questioning an unconfirmed attribution. So, is it accountability you want to hear in your reporting? Or do you just want to hear people agree with you, and not have to think? If it's the latter, okay… that's fine. But don't tear this article apart when you haven't even read it or tried to comprehend what it's saying.

  198. Denise Zeemer

    WOW, so who wrote this? A journalist? Someone who's so conscious of the facts, yet doesn't for one second stop to think about the several hours of terror that Ryan Lanza must have faced because media didn't check their facts. They were so quick to be 'first' that they made that young man's life hell until the following morning when the actual shooter was identified. Everyone talks about politicians and how media should hold them to task, but it is OUR responsibility to hold media to task. Their licenses are granted by the FCC and ultimately the public allows them to keep one. We should be making them responsible for what they report. There are no words that can comfort Newtown and the media should be reporting facts and how people can help with the grieving, not sensationalize their sorrow.

  199. Michael Stuart

    Kyla Meserve: I think Chrystal is making fun of people's tendency to believe everything they read on the net, including the Freeman death story as well as this. I could be wrong, though.

  200. Lisa Anne Sifford

    I agree with your statement about it if he did not have access to weapons, but if he were as determined as it seems he was, he would have still found a way. He would have found a weapon somehow. It may not have made a difference considering that no one had prior knowledge of his intentions. It would have simply delayed what happened, unless of course, he slipped up somewhere along the line and made a mistake that was noticed by others.

  201. Anonymous

    You cant prevent what some sick idiot does with his life, unless it is recognized that he/she is ill , by the people surrounding them.

  202. Michael Stuart

    And who is vehemently defending the article? The *social* media. By the way, did you even read the arguments made in the article, or are you just mad because you posted this on your timeline and are now being told you got taken in? Calm down. I got taken in by a similar sort of thing about the shooting (not this one). When I found out, did I get mad and say that Snopes was full of BS? No, I took my original post down and posted the Snopes one. Lesson learned; too bad you don't seem to have learned yours.

  203. Michael Stuart

    She's saying that she doubts that Freeman said it, but is being reasonable and not claiming to be 100% certain when she isn't. Would you rather she went off half-cocked and declared it to be "definitely false"?

  204. Michael Stuart

    Her research has led her to believe it is probably a hoax, but she isn't 100% sure, so she's being cautious. Would you rather she went off half-cocked and simply declared it to be a hoax based on suspicion?

  205. Michael Stuart

    I read that as a way of saying "very probably". She's not 100% sure, so she put a qualifier in there. Would you rather she went off half-cocked and simply declared it to be a hoax based on her suspicions?

  206. David Anthony Saenz

    Whether Morgan Freeman said it or not is not the issue. The words couldn't possibly be any truer. We live in a society where bad behavior is rewarded with news coverage and TV contracts. Where nobodys can be come stars with the right assault weapon or the perfectly form-fitted sterotype. We can't expect the media to change, but we can. Stop "feeding the beast" and watch something credible like John Stewart or Stephen Colbert.

  207. Roey Garling

    Biased much Inquister? If you don't think the media will be the downfall of this country you are sadly mistaken. Whether this was a statment from Morgan Freeman or not is irrelevant to what is the truth. Get your mic's out of the families faces, out of the faces of the people trying to make sense of the tragedy and let the families mourn in peace and the proffessionals do their job. The media is the problem.

  208. Anchram Miller

    Morgan Freeman hit the nail on the head with this. Exactly right. Now there are punks out there who want to capitalize on it by saying "this is only round 1" or "My partner didn't finish the job" It's evil growing.

  209. Mandi Jefferson

    It doesn't matter who wrote it or who the messenger is, the most important thing is… WILL THE MEDIA & GENERAL LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE?

  210. Cindy Owens

    And Kim, the self-absorbed twit STILL misses the point. I don't give a rat's behind if it was a quote from Morgan Freeman or Kermit Thew Frog; it was insightful and logical. Take off your Sally Jessy Raphael specs and put some on you can SEE through clearly.

  211. Anonymous

    I totally agree..The idiot that wrote this…Is just taking up for his crappy profession! That boy that did all this had MORE than enough Insurance and access to Mental Health! But Society has turned into this crap reality, reality, reality crap crap crap! I am sick of it! It's not reality! You try to get a decent protective policy and idiots like this…say no it's to mean, you can't do that! Whatever We are Reaping what we have sown!

  212. SteveandRhonda Taylor

    It does not really matter who the Author of the quote was. The quote pointed out the simple fact that the Media does nothing but fuel these killing sprees. If you do not believe it read the news from the last few months alone. Seems to have been many more attacks like this in the last months. The only thing that can come from this article is the media jumping at the opportunity to say a statement about how they are in the wrong is not true.

  213. Mike Iamaio

    Yesterday, in the USA, there were 4,500 people killed in their mothers womb and a state licensed doctor performed the MURDER….without 'Guns'.

  214. Jer Youngquist

    There is no such thing as "Almost Definitely". Confirm it or call it "Probably". You know… journalism.

  215. Sondra Duffy

    OK so People have gone down pretty low to come up with this one! Let's see? Who's behind it, who's to blame, oh you think? Morgan Freeman, com'on now, and risk HIS credibility? I think not? The gun control community? Well, who's to gain? Perhaps you are right, just right at that! The gun community? Or is it the gun CONTROL community? Who knows, who really cares?

  216. Luva Corleone

    Kim Lacrappia. You are the definition of a woman douchebag. You're an idiot and transparently defending your career. Please save the world wasted time from reading your terrible articles.

  217. Alex Santilli

    Let's just say that every gun in the world could disappear. The next day. Death by bombing would go up by 400,000%.
    Killing is already illegal. That's all we need to know..People are just fuc%ed in the head.

  218. Nick Santaniello

    wow, that's all I can say. this is the media right here. you are just trying to save your own ass. you just can't accept the fact that the media is a monster that overstates, over analyses, and overreacts to just about everything so that they can push forward their agendas. and yes, every media source has a political bias. trust me, I now bullshit when I read, and your article is bullshit. who cares if morgan freeman said or not. whoever said it is absolutely write and spot on. there will probably be another event like this and you will do the same thing. sensationalize. I bet you pray for events like this because all it means is more headlines, more articles and more money. whoever wrote this article is a gutless turd.

  219. Nick Santaniello

    wow, that's all I can say. this is the media right here. you are just trying to save your own ass. you just can't accept the fact that the media is a monster that overstates, over analyses, and overreacts to just about everything so that they can push forward their agendas. and yes, every media source has a political bias. trust me, I now bullshit when I read, and your article is bullshit. who cares if morgan freeman said or not. whoever said it is absolutely write and spot on. there will probably be another event like this and you will do the same thing. sensationalize. I bet you pray for events like this because all it means is more headlines, more articles and more money. whoever wrote this article is a gutless turd.

  220. Jack Bryson

    The message that the media is sensational is valid. Perhaps the writer of the fake Morgan Freeman quote felt that this was an inappropriate time for sensationalism.

  221. Jack Bryson

    The message that the media is sensational is valid. Perhaps the writer of the fake Morgan Freeman quote felt that this was an inappropriate time for sensationalism.

  222. Therese Lunsford

    Except when the person writing this response is a MEMBER OF THE MEDIA… Most of us realize that Morgan Freeman probably didn't actually write this, but for those that do, isn't that their problem? And the real reason this 'post' is blowing up is because it echos the thoughts of many.
    The idea that resonates is that mental health + sensationalist media are together – wait for it – not 'to blame' but a CONTRIBUTOR to this tragedy. Which they pretty likely both were. I don't hold a degree in psychology author of this article, to you? So how do you know if a person is likely to seek fame & yet off still himself? How do know that he didn't have a different plan that didn't go his way & so killing himself was his 'plan B.' Since I am not a psychologist or a psycho; I admit I don't understand how a dysfunctional mind works. By the logic of this article; does that mean that the author of the article does, and is she therefore a psycho because I find it pretty unlikely she holds a degree in psych? I figure I can make that jump if the jump to blaming media can be made, right?

  223. Therese Lunsford

    Except when the person writing this response is a MEMBER OF THE MEDIA… Most of us realize that Morgan Freeman probably didn't actually write this, but for those that do, isn't that their problem? And the real reason this 'post' is blowing up is because it echos the thoughts of many.
    The idea that resonates is that mental health + sensationalist media are together – wait for it – not 'to blame' but a CONTRIBUTOR to this tragedy. Which they pretty likely both were. I don't hold a degree in psychology author of this article, do you? So how do you know if a person is likely to seek fame & yet off still himself? How do know that he didn't have a different plan that didn't go his way & so killing himself was his 'plan B.' Since I am not a psychologist or a psycho; I admit I don't understand how a dysfunctional mind works. By the logic of this article; does that mean that the author of the article does, and is she therefore a psycho because I find it pretty unlikely she holds a degree in psych? I figure I can make that jump if the jump to blaming media can be made, right?

  224. Therese Lunsford

    Except when the person writing this response is a MEMBER OF THE MEDIA… Most of us realize that Morgan Freeman probably didn't actually write this, but for those that do, isn't that their problem? And the real reason this 'post' is blowing up is because it echos the thoughts of many.
    The idea that resonates is that mental health + sensationalist media are together – wait for it – not 'to blame' but a CONTRIBUTOR to this tragedy. Which they pretty likely both were. I don't hold a degree in psychology author of this article, do you? So how do you know if a person is likely to seek fame & yet still off himself? How do know that he didn't have a different plan that didn't go his way & so killing himself was his 'plan B.' Since I am not a psychologist or a psycho; I admit I don't understand how a dysfunctional mind works. By the logic of this article; does that mean that the author of the article does, and is she therefore a psycho because I find it pretty unlikely she holds a degree in psych? I figure I can make that jump if the jump to blaming media can be made, right?

  225. Doug Mortimer

    no if it was real morgan freeman he would be giddy with joy that white folks were shot then he and jamie foxx would celebrate by slicing up a watermelon.

  226. Anonymous

    Most likely not Freeman, but I agree with it. These guys want to be "somebody". This happened on an episode of criminal minds. The killer was promised that if he didn't drop his gun and not kill his latest victim that they would make sure no one knew who he was and he was just an intruder that got shot. he put his gun down because he wanted everyone to know who he was. Maybe it's just a show, but the psychology is correct. That IS how these people think. I hate the fact that every time I go online I'm seeing this story. It's sad and horrific, but I'm done. It makes me extremely angry that this happened and I don't need to read every detail. I hate that this coward took his own life and won't stand up and be punished as he should be. I have 7 year old twins and just thinking about them in this situation kills me. I can only imagine the horror and pain these kids went through, not even understanding why this was happening, I certainly don't need to read about it. Instead of the guys name, they should say "some crazy fucktard". That might prevent future attacks.

  227. Dana Linton Dansby

    why when someone does something horrible do some always want to give an excuse for why they did it. there are really some people that are EVIL PLAIN AND SIMPLE. society wants you to believe KILLERS look like the BOOGIE MAN when the truth is they usually look like everyone else,, but inside they are filled with HATE!

  228. Jimmy Lampkin

    My question to the writer (We certainly wont call you reporter)…did he or she try to contact Morgan Freeman to confirm that he wrote the statement or note. That, to me, would be the logical approach. Is this just an opinion piece?

  229. Nick Santaniello

    that's right we haven't heard any word from Morgan yet. he himself hasn't comfirmed that he didn't say it. So the person who wrote this is actually lying by saying that this was a hoax. Shame on you, that is terrible journalism. what if morgan actually comes out and say that he said this in the next few days? then that means your entire article is truly bullshit (which it kinda already is). great work Jimmy, great work.

  230. Fred Crosswood

    every mass murderer has been givin a pass citing they all had a mental illness, or how can a kind young man snap like this.but a true victim, a child gets investigated even after death in florida, judges removed, and a major news channel gets sued before a trial starts. oyeah, even a bullet proof vest and pocketmoney from supporters.yes, this is america.

  231. Fred Crosswood

    every mass murderer has been givin a pass citing they all had a mental illness, or how can a kind young man snap like this.but a true victim, a child gets investigated even after death in florida, judges removed, and a major news channel gets sued before a trial starts. oyeah, even a bullet proof vest and pocketmoney from supporters.yes, this is america.

  232. Juan Benavides

    While I agree with Kim LaCapria in that the quote did not originate from the man himself, I do not agree on her opinions about the statement itself being silly or off-base. It's quite on the mark. Kim, the media doesn't even allow mourners of this tragedy to mourn in peace as the media is quickly there to take pictures of them mourning in church. Just recently I read a news headline stating that mourners of this tragedy are having a difficult time picking up the pieces…uh you think? Why do you think that is? BECAUSE THE MEDIA IS RIGHT THERE IN THEIR FACE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT GREAT PHOTO SHOT! News media outlets are no longer about unbiased and accurate reporting, but more about TV ratings and internet readership, I hope you understand that Kim.

  233. Juan Benavides

    While I agree with Kim LaCapria in that the quote did not originate from the man himself, I do not agree on her opinions about the statement itself being silly or off-base. It's quite on the mark. Kim, the media doesn't even allow mourners of this tragedy to mourn in peace as the media is quickly there to take pictures of them mourning in church. Just recently I read a news headline stating that mourners of this tragedy are having a difficult time picking up the pieces…uh you think? Why do you think that is? BECAUSE THE MEDIA IS RIGHT THERE IN THEIR FACE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT GREAT PHOTO SHOT! News media outlets are no longer about unbiased and accurate reporting, but more about TV ratings and internet readership, I hope you understand that Kim.

  234. Nathaniel Grogan

    What the hell…Make it a law that the media can no longer print or report the name of a perpetrator who commits mass murder of 3 people or more. Make the penalty be the revocation of the violators FCC license. Problem solved.

  235. David Diaz

    Kim LaCapria, your article comes across as a really pretentious & offensive attempt to white wash the media's responsibility in these "trendy" massacres. I don't think that you understand that most people don't care if Morgan Freeman, or Captain Morgan said it. The fact is, if you took a vote on whether or not we agreed with the post, most people would agree with it. I personally don't care for ANY celebrity voicing any agenda other than the movie they are acting in. I don't care what athletes, actors, or musicians think; or who they vote for, or why. But I was blaming self righteous people like yourself who think that being a journalist means "shaping the thoughts & opinions of the general public." You liberals are disgusting in that way. You encourage these idiots by making them celebrities in their own sick reality TV show. The conservatives can be just as bad when they think that they should copy your form of propaganda. You're not a journalist, you're a sensationalist. If you ever take the time to engage in some introspective critical analysis, you might have a shot (pun intended) at becoming a mediocre journalist. I seriously doubt you will ever master the art of journalism as it requires at least a modicum of humility & humanity. I agree with the others that have already told you that your argument is both specious & captious.

    Maybe you should write an article about know it all journalists & how their ability to self delude provides endless entertainment for the ignorant but easily influenced masses. You realize that most people trust "the Media" as much as they trust "Politicians" right? That's how much credibility you have. You're just one level below used car salesmen in terms of ethos.

  236. Ashley Parrilla

    OK PEOPLE, ;LETS FACE THE FACTS HERE, gun control will never work because the only people that will give up their guns is the law abiding citizen. criminals are criminals. there's no stopping them. if we didn't take the guns away 200 years ago, then its just too late. seriously, its too late. its way too late to even mention gun control. we cant stop illegal immigration and along with them come full automatic weapons that even WE don't have. we have lost the war on drugs and from the drug dealers comes full automatic weapons that even WE don't have. again. when an officer comes up on a call for domestic abuse, first they run their name….if they check out as a law abiding citizen, then one officer shows up in two minutes tops…if the name appears to be a felon, then they spend at least a half hour waiting for back-up to aproach the said individual. there is literally 10 guns on every street in America. THIS ALONE is why we are the ONLY country that has never been attacked by a full military invasion from another country. look it up. switzerland doesn't count. We are already 200 years past too late. I am ex-military and there is no way that I would hold my neighbor at gunpoint to extract their last line of protection from them. they are my neighbor and they have children to protect in a land where guns are everywhere. I am ex-military and I don't know of one fellow soldier that would obey a command to kill my own countrymen in accordance with a presidential command. NOT ONE. WE ARE AMERICANS, WE STAND BY OUR GUNS AND WE STAND BY OUR FREEDOM. we lose our ability tofight then we loseour freedom. God less the parents left behind to deal ith their oss.

  237. Ashley Parrilla

    OK PEOPLE, ;LETS FACE THE FACTS HERE, gun control will never work because the only people that will give up their guns is the law abiding citizen. criminals are criminals. there's no stopping them. if we didn't take the guns away 200 years ago, then its just too late. seriously, its too late. its way too late to even mention gun control. we cant stop illegal immigration and along with them come full automatic weapons that even WE don't have. we have lost the war on drugs and from the drug dealers comes full automatic weapons that even WE don't have. again. when an officer comes up on a call for domestic abuse, first they run their name….if they check out as a law abiding citizen, then one officer shows up in two minutes tops…if the name appears to be a felon, then they spend at least a half hour waiting for back-up to aproac.
    h the said individual. there is literally 10 guns on every street in America. THIS ALONE is why we are the ONLY country that has never been attacked by a full military invasion from another country. look it up. switzerland doesn't count. We are already 200 years past too late. I am ex-military and there is no way that I would hold my neighbor at gunpoint to extract their last line of protection from them. they are my neighbor and they have children to protect in a land where guns are everywhere. I am ex-military and I don't know of one fellow soldier that would obey a command to kill my own countrymen in accordance with a presidential command. NOT ONE. WE ARE AMERICANS, WE STAND BY OUR GUNS AND WE STAND BY OUR FREEDOM. we lose our ability tofight then we loseour freedom. God less the parents left behind to deal ith their oss.

  238. Ashley Parrilla

    OK PEOPLE, ;LETS FACE THE FACTS HERE, gun control will never work because the only people that will give up their guns is the law abiding citizen. criminals are criminals. there's no stopping them. if we didn't take the guns away 200 years ago, then its just too late. seriously, its too late. its way too late to even mention gun control. we cant stop illegal immigration and along with them come full automatic weapons that even WE don't have. we have lost the war on drugs and from the drug dealers comes full automatic weapons that even WE don't have. again. when an officer comes up on a call for domestic abuse, first they run their name….if they check out as a law abiding citizen, then one officer shows up in two minutes tops…if the name appears to be a felon, then they spend at least a half hour waiting for back-up to aproach the said individual. there is literally 10 guns on every street in America. THIS ALONE is why we are the ONLY country that has never been attacked by a full military invasion from another country. look it up. switzerland doesn't count. We are already 200 years past too late. I am ex-military and there is no way that I would hold my neighbor at gunpoint to extract their last line of protection from them. they are my neighbor and they have children to protect in a land where guns are everywhere. I am ex-military and I don't know of one fellow soldier that would obey a command to kill my own countrymen in accordance with a presidential command. NOT ONE. WE ARE AMERICANS, WE STAND BY OUR GUNS AND WE STAND BY OUR FREEDOM. WE LOSE OUR ABILITY TO FIGHT THEN WE LOSE OUR FREEDOM. Godbless the parents left behind to deal with their loss.

  239. Janet Lurker

    I do not care if Mickey Mouse wrote the article. The points that were made were true. Now the media feels like they need to minimize it.

  240. Randy Mason

    I don't care who said it – it makes sense. I've been cable TV free for almost a year now. I had it ripped up from my home in protest of those "durn" "news" channels. I don't want them to make even a fraction of a cent from me. I get all the TV I need with streaming via Roku (found at roku dot com).

  241. Gene Peacock

    who cares if he said it or not. It makes very valid points and hits home hard at the media. Truth hurts doesn't it mr/ms reporter. Much of the statement is true, the media sensationalizes events such as this and play it over and over and over.

  242. Lynne Cordero

    I know this. Just three days after the media had coverage of the Oregon shooting all over the place, this recent tragedy happened. As it was happening, at least several other men with similar plans, guns and ammo were, fortunately, arrested. Ever since coverage of the "Batman/Aurora" shootings, these shooters have also begun to arm themselves in similar manner (with bulletproof vests and all). Of course the media is not directly responsible for these psychopaths actions, but they do feed the frenzy. Perhaps these guys wouldn't have been so enticed or provoked if it weren't for the sensationalism in the media. And by the way, do we really need all of the morbid, gruesome details? Do we need to know it could have been worse? Do we? That type of information is not meant to inform, but to fan the flames, and sell. If you can't admit that, then I am sorry. It doesn't make it any less true. By the way, not all of these guys are mentally ill, but psychopaths with a flare for sadism. Your reporting fuels them. The history of the BTK, Zodiak, and killers as far back as the 30s will reveal that.

  243. Chris Worden

    I don't care if charles manson said it. It was the most true statement I've read about all this craziness all friggin week.

  244. Grady Edward Loy

    The fact that they took Morgan Freeman's name to make a statement is appalling. People have a right not to have words put in their mouths. If the writer of this article had stopped there, he would have had my appreciation. But he went on to insist that the premise of all that was said was spurious. And it is not. I live in a place where we cannot always get the press 8many of them ostensibly liberal expat Americans) to write about something unpleasant. The truth frequently must take a bow for professional courtesy and that to professionals who only hold that designation by the most extreme stretch of the imagination. So I am all for the press reporting what they see. It is not always pleasant but it is necessary. But it is a different thing to say that news coverage of these events does not have an effect on other potential perpetrators. Indeed, it is a different thing and an ignorant and deceitful thing. Every bit as bad in its way as borrowing the name of a prominent start to make one's view go viral. And the journalist who wrote this piece though sadly right about what happened to Morgan Freeman, appears thus to me ignorant and deceitful as well. Do they really believe unstable people woke up one day last year and realized "Hey the country is awash in semi automatics." No, these people are doing this because at some point they observed that this was a way for their identity to go viral. Come on, when criminals rob a bank it is because they want money. When they kill lots of innocent people it is because they want a lot of other people to see what they have done (otherwise they would choose other methods and venues less likely to raise public awareness of what they have done). Are any of you stupid enough to think Bin Laden had the Towers attacked because he thought he could cripple the US economy or acheieve some military strategic gain. No, it was a statement, designed to reach the largest possible audience, just as it is with these shooters. To them, semi-automatic weapons are a means to do this. So is the news media. Should the news media alter its broadcast policies to avoid catering to these people? Probably not entirely. But to suggest as this journalist does, that the easy availability of vast coverage of events which is even vaster the more horrible they are is not a key factor in what is going on is unprofessional, deceitful and ignorant.

  245. Dave McLaughlin

    Mike…IF you or anyone else believes that EVERYTHING Yahoo posts, or any other media for that matter, especially during a time such as this, your pretty gullible. Free press is an essential part of our freedoms, but no laws were ever passed to 'check' blatant sensationalism….

  246. Jerry Crowe

    "Almost Definitely"? Nice to see you are dealing in fact based journalism.

  247. Steven Richard

    If it looks like duck and sounds like duck I read it earlier today it was morgan freeman beging all hollywood next time run it by your agent I don't listen to hollywoods bullshit anyway. A box without A brain.

  248. Robert McCuen

    Although you may agree with the sentiment of the supposed note, just remember that whomever 'hid' behind Morgan Freeman just so that people would pay attention to the creator's note, maybe the creator is nearly as sick in their own way as the 'nobody in the basement' that he castigates. Although the creator of the note may have current public sympathy for certain views, I'd be very wary that such a person may eventually become the same psychopath they denounce. It's a flip-side of the coin; saint? or martyr? or simply a deranged sinner eventually.

  249. Joseph Alderman

    What is your point exactly? Solely that Morgan Freeman didn't say this? Or is there a more nefarious more slightly bias point? The substance behind the message is what matters not the author of it. I hope Morgan Freeman did say this and if he didn't then I would like to know who did, so I can shake their hand for being one of the first to provide a different perspective to such an awful turn of events. You are clearly very smart when it comes to putting pen to paper or in this case text to blog and creating a masterpiece of words that you hide behind to hide your general ignorance for any real solutions, but I have to say I am having a tough time really grasping what your point is. It's sad to me that someone with such a valid point would have to use an actors name just to make it, if that turns out to be the case. Sad.

  250. Alan D. Murray

    The point of the "Morgan Freeman" posting is to show that there is more to shining the light on the killer. It recognizes that the media should aim to remember the victims over the killer, as others may become determined to upstage the events that occurred on Friday.

    Who cares whether or not Morgan Freeman said it? It garnered the attention of people around the world in a positive way and showed the issues with what is perceived and displayed by the media as "news".

    A prime example would be this article in which the author discusses that Morgan Freeman did not post the article. OBVIOUSLY Morgan Freeman did not write that, it's why celebrities have PR teams and other forms of social media. No offence to Mr. Freeman, but I'm sure he has better things to do with his time than post on Facebook.

    The fact that this is actually an article is more despicable in terms of highlighting what is "news" in todays society than what actually matters. A true journalist would highlight the positives of the message that was posted throughout Facebook instead of trying to provide the negatives towards the message because of the perceived author.

    With that said, you're article is sufficient in it's point in providing a theory that Morgan Freeman did not write the article, but insufficient in providing anything relevant to what is important in today's society.

  251. Victoria Becker-Rader

    Wow, once again the media decides to not take a look at the bigger picture and directs it towards something that really doesn't matter. Who cares who wrote that? I know I don't it doesn't change the fact that I agree with what was said in it. This is a shitty article children were killed and the media would rather write about the killers than the children/aduts who had lost their lives.. It's a sad sad world we live in.

  252. A. Eloy Romero

    Poor position = Poor article. The accusations by "Morgan Freeman" lol, were not at you but your profession and and members of your profession that take to sensationalism to sell. However, there are journalists that do have integrity and would rather report hope or courage during tragedy even though it may not be printed, posted or go viral. This article was neither. It seemed an attempt to add controversy to controversy. FYI, it only confuses and pisses off readers. It is also an indicator to get my news elsewhere.

  253. Andy Budnik

    haha, this article gets all snippy and defensive about "journalism" and "reporting". The sentiment of the comment and thoughts ring true though. I agree with it, and lots of others do too. The fact that it is not morgan freeman doesn't matter. Yes, the media has been pretty bad with all their false reporting and getting things wrong all the time. Don't report anything until you know for sure. Refer to the killer as an @$$hole or F*ck up only, never by name, and don't mention the casualty amounts as records.

  254. Sed SunRa Harakaté Yates

    The sad thing about it is that whoever it is that made the comment they are true to a degree. It may have been motivation, but not the reason for the tragedy. Now, perhaps I may candidly express my opinion on what was and IS the REAL reason for school shootings of this magnitude. The elected officials of Our country constantly harp on (especially during election time) the platform of education in America being so vital to developing our future leaders and game changers of this "great nation". But let's explore this common motif for just a second… Is it not true that school teachers rank amongst the most undervalued and underpaid professions in this nation? And would it not be safe to conclude that on the hill in D.C. (on a day to day basis) education gets alluded to as some type of fiscal liability that is incurred as excess debt that usually trickles down to the state legislature? Okay… so now that we have identified those two prevalent ideas, another being that we live in a capitalist republic that runs it's government like a business. And the bottom line is that education is an extremely costly investment that yields minimal to no return to the taxpayers.
    So in turn, budgets get cut, programs get cut, teachers get laid off, and more schools turn into under-achieving, low performing wastehavens that our federal and state governments can use as an excuse to invest less and less tax dollars into rebuilding (85% of these lawmakers pay for their kids to attend some form of private school). Public schools are publicly funded, and any extra security measures that are taken to prevent mass murders such as this incident from happening must and usually in all cases are independently encouraged and implemented by the school administrator. Of course with the just cause of proving a history of documented incidents or threats, in addition to an overwhelming amount of lobbying from the parents in the community. You know the "accountabilty" of saftey for our babies that linger in the bowels of our public schools is far more stringent than let's say…. the Senate Committee on Armed Services who allocates billions of taxpayer (ghost) dollars for a National Defense Budget on steriods. I suppose terrorism abroad is more of a priority than the type of terrorism that's being waged right here at home aginst our sweet innocent kids?

  255. Jeremy Bohr

    Why do such things have to be argued as if they are black and white when they are not? The misrepresented statement does make perfect logical sense regardless of who said it, even if it doesn't address every perspective or possible cause. Maybe the shooter did acquire guns more easily than most people would consider reasonable. Maybe he should have had better mental health treatment, or at least better access to it. So be it. The possibilities go on. Just because one cause may be true does not mean another cause is not true. It's pretty obvious that people do horrendous things like this because they want to make some sort of big statement, and just because they kill themselves afterwards does not change that. They may simply consider their reason or message bigger than themselves. The media undoubtedly helps them achieve their goal. However, when you do something horrible it will always end up on the news, as it should, so I don't know if there is much need for blame. I think people are often quick to be upset with the media because many Americans understand that the media really doesn't do a proper job these days in general. Just because you can logically assert some blame to the media doesn't mean you are relinquishing blame from yourself or other factors. One thing I do find interesting while reading these comments is that often time someone supports the content of the message, the writer of this article insinuates that those folks must have initially been one of those who were tricked into thinking the article was truly written by Morgan Freeman… an underhanded way of calling someone stupid… which is indeed an insult. I found this article because I saw someone posted the faux Morgan Freeman message and wanted to know if it was legit. So, all in all… thanks for the information and entertainment.

  256. Jeremy Bohr

    Why do such things have to be argued as if they are black and white when they are not? The misrepresented statement does make perfect logical sense regardless of who said it, even if it doesn't address every perspective or possible cause. Maybe the shooter did acquire guns more easily than most people would consider reasonable. Maybe he should have had better mental health treatment, or at least better access to it. So be it. The possibilities go on. Just because one cause may be true does not mean another cause is not true. It's pretty obvious that people do horrendous things like this because they want to make some sort of big statement, and just because they kill themselves afterwards does not change that. They may simply consider their reason or message bigger than themselves. The media undoubtedly helps them achieve their goal. However, when you do something horrible it will always end up on the news, as it should, so I don't know if there is much need for blame. I think people are often quick to be upset with the media because many Americans understand that the media really doesn't do a proper job these days in general. Just because you can logically assert some blame to the media doesn't mean you are relinquishing blame from yourself or other factors.

    One thing I do find interesting while reading these comments is that often times someone supports the content of the message, the writer of this article insinuates that those folks must have initially been one of those who were tricked into thinking the article was truly written by Morgan Freeman… an underhanded way of calling someone stupid… which is indeed an insult. I found this article because I saw someone posted the faux Morgan Freeman message and wanted to know if it was legit. So, all in all… thanks for the information and entertainment.

  257. Amanda Devone Seeley

    It would be funny if someone named Morgan Freeman did write the comment, just not the famous Morgan Freeman. I am sure there is than one Morgan Freeman.

  258. Anonymous

    To Writer of Article: You are wrong.
    Yes, it takes money to treat mental illness but do you know why?
    It is because every pharmaceutical drug that is prescribed to young adults for mental illnesses cause more mental health problems than they cure.
    Which is perfect for Big Phrma because then they can prescribe even more mind-altering drugs to try to combat the side-effects of the first one.
    Money, money, money runs this world (and your news organization is not exempt from this) not empathy or compassion.
    Just as in nature, humans are controlled by their environment, they react mentally, emotionally and physically to changes in their environments.

    -With all that being said, here is the true reason behind all of these senseless school and work-place shootings. Keep in mind, I am not a journalist. I am a normal 25 year old college student with an overwhelming sense of urgency to protect my 4 month old son from the ignorance of this world-

    The more we scapegoat an individual issue, the less progress we make to end this type of violence.
    To blame guns, mental illness, parents, pharmaceuticals, or any other reason you can think of, is irresponsible and ignorant.
    The truth is that a multitude of societal problems are contributing to an overwhelmingly alarming, cumulative lack of empathy that is encouraged in our society.
    A culture of violence, addiction, callousness, war-for-profit, inequality and class disparity have manifested a growing sense of hopelessness among today's youth who are already medicated on mind-altering prescription drugs for mental illnesses that these very drugs create.
    It is a Ponzi scheme of death and like a game of domino's we are seeing our society collapse… row by row.

  259. Rob Thorpe

    Its funny how even though this was a hoax, a well said hoax, and thousands of people agree with what was said regarding it, agreeing with it in terms of content and yet we are glued to the TV screen watching the updates, listening to the president, reading the articles online about what happened and wanting to know more about the evil minded person who did this. WE ALL are interested in it, because we are and have been so consumed with violence over the past 30 years and exposed to so much more with the addition of the internet. Yes the news media is to blame but not wholly. We are to blame for wanting more which leads those disturbed folks to want to be remembered for something evil. It is easier to go out in a blaze of evil than a blaze of glory. It takes work to be remembered for something good, because that good must be so significant that it is worth noting and unfortunately the good people do is usually a small good deed from one person to another because large good deeds take money, whether it is giving it or allows you to do charity work without income. (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE) but evil deeds take nothing but the will to do it. One person can be remembered forever for something horrendous. If we as a society and world want to change, the first people to start the change must be the media, stop reporting violence, stop reporting the tragedy that happens to people. Let them deal with it within their family. Stop reporting evil and death. Report the good things that people do, over time, along time but over time none the less, the culture will change.

    GANDHI – We must be the change we wish to see.

  260. Domingo Lopez

    Zionist controlled media outlets exploit and capitalize on the terrible shootings because that is how they make money. Without tragic events or events of any sort, they would not attract viewers and readers, which would prevent them from selling ads which are created to sell goods and services to the viewers and readers.

  261. Morgan Malkiewicz

    Rice: Which why I said that that only point she had was not to put words in Freeman's mouth. Everything else, the articles, the replies, and the arguments, are completely pointless. And you're right, who is she to say how you feel? But if your feelings are swayed one way or the other by something you've read that has more opinion than fact.. I really couldn't care less how you feel. It's entirely irrelevant. You can do whatever you want, man.

    Zacarius: Do you really think that arguing over who wrote what, how credible Kim is, and the faults and strengths of her personal opinion are an effort in a step in the right direction? We're all just looking for a reason to argue at this point. There is no argument
    This? All of this doesn't matter.

  262. Nichole Haire

    It would be sad if that is the case. But I guess whoever did it, figured the words and meaning would be heard a lot faster and to a greater audience maybe? Dunno

  263. Steve Finley

    Only "sanctimonious" thing I'm seeing is the "journalist's" complete whitewash of the media here. It's probably true to say that whoever wrote the piece attributed to Freeman is engaging in broad-strokes attribution theory (saying Y was caused by X, simply because a plausible case can be made for it, without any hard evidence), but at least some of what's there rings true. Very much true. Some of these shooters even talk about how they wanted to do something worth remembering, to make it the worst shooting in state history, etc. And it is also true that the media stuck microphones into the faces of 8-year-olds and asked them all about the horror, asked them how scared they were, to recount all the events, etc. Sickening. And it is the height of "sanctimoniousness" to huff your way into some kind of lame defense of the media over this.

  264. Jeff Fountain

    If the mystery author's post had included the one word 'only' as in: "..instead of pointing to gun control as the only problem.", would that have removed the subtle diversion you speak of?

    I am of the belief that there are several factors to consider when dealing with the eradication of this national epidemic. A few of which include mental health, media sensationalism and yes, access to firearms.

    You yourself had to comment and make clear your intentions and beliefs regarding gun-control, after writing a complete article, and I would submit that you still do not know the author's opinions on this matter after a two paragraph facebook post. You certainly cannot conclude that their beliefs regarding gun-control are the driving force behind the post.

    I do, however see another diversion here at work. One which diverts from, however many times it was repeated less eloquently in these message boards, the true intent of the initial post. That is that the news media of which you are happy to be a part of, has a societal responsibility to present an un-sensationalized version of tragedies such as these.

    Again this is not the entire issue, nor could anyone claim to have a diagnosis for the entire issue, but it is not an issue you should have been so quick to dismiss.

  265. Carolyn Andersen

    Morgan Freeman is only voicing in public what most of us are thinking in private. These are powerful words, and Mr. Freeman should be proud that they are attributed to him. However, I doubt that the public would ever accept a

  266. Carolyn Andersen

    any other type of reporting. A casual mention of this tragedy would have infuriated the public to no end. Our insatiable need to know every detail of any news event has led to this sensationalism in the media.

  267. Anonymous

    I disagree with both writer's arguments. Sorry, not going to get all fanatical here. Just disagreeing… Have a nice day… :)

  268. Betty Neth

    maybe freeman morgan did not write the column but the social media certainly did cover the wrong reason for the prayer meeting in newtown, ct., last night. the memorial was for the precious victims but everytime I looked at my t.v. I saw the president sitting there whith his eyes closed and praying when they read the koran. I don't think it was inapproiate for his phoyo op to be held during the memory of such precious young vicims. it was the children who was suppose to be remembered. I would not watch the program while he was reading his little speech so I did miss part of what should have been a memory of our youth.

  269. Roberta Kay Ferguson Wilkerson

    I agree I agree they shouldn't of used Morgan Freeman's name but heck I don't care who said it is the content of the saying that is right if they focus more on the victims instead more on the shooters maybe things like this wont happen so often.

  270. Kim LaCapria

    The narrative was flawed though in that when it was written, the victims' names were kept under wraps until families were informed.

    That is a standard in reporting I do not want to see go away, personally. No one deserves to hear their child or spouse was killed in the news. This is one thing that should remain face to face, always.

  271. TJ Pederson

    This is such an "I told you so" article. So, it's not a Morgan Freeman quote. So what? It makes sense actually, considering I usually hate what actors have to say about anything, but I still agree with the quote's sentiment. While I don't think gun control should be disregarded, the issue at hand is a complex one and it deserves an open-minded approach in search of a multifaceted solution. Just because the "Freeman" poster was deceptive in his cleverness to make his message go viral, doesn't make his point completely invalid.

    Cable and the Internet have provided us countless avenues to access the news. As a result, we are provided with a rich myriad of perspectives and information. However, this variety also brings with it a natural competition between news outlets for an audience. Many of these news outlets have employed tactics to maintain a steady viewership: a. Sensationalism and b. niche reporting (read: biased). These tactics are relatively new (at least in terms of their pervasiveness) and deserve some scrutiny.

    To say the manner in which the news is reported has no effect on this issue of senseless violence is absurd. The way the news is reported has an influence on EVERYTHING. The news is our view of the world beyond our doorstep. Sure, we should take it with a grain of salt, but to say it holds no responsibility in shaping our national culture is negligible at best. For Christ's sake, the news itself often blames this stuff on violent movies and video games. At least these are media that are presented to us as fun entertainment. The news is a medium we are presented as important fact.

    I just think the "Freeman" post brings up an interesting point. Perhaps we should look into how, if at all, this new world of reporting is affecting the mentally unstable. I'm no psychologist, but I understand enough to know that there are certain constants that can be uncovered within the psychological profiles of killers like this. This increase in seemingly unprovoked violence seems to be rather unique to the United States. As are loose gun control laws. As are the national news outlets vying for our attention. No influence should be outright ignored in our efforts to quell this ever-increasing problem in our society.

  272. John Myers

    I think it is awesome that because of who was perceived as having said this led credence. That is a novel concept to me, could you be any more trendy, foppish and sheepish?

  273. Jeff Fountain

    No one would disagree about that standard in reporting. That is a non-issue. If the author is being prophetic about future news coverage based on past examples, that does not conclude that the narrative if flawed.

    Congratulations. You have now made every attempt to skirt the issue of the actual narrative in question. We can all say we've been lucky witnesses to the journalistic version of 'grasping at straws'.

  274. Rhea Rae

    Sheeple suck!!! Punk ass originality lacking sissies! That's as clean as this mouth'll get!!

  275. Vin King

    "Which is utterly, provably false and anyone who has wept and watched the coverage of the Newtown tragedy saw this first hand." — This nut, on the fact that the first thing the media did was cram cameras in the face of the survivors and ask them what it was like seeing all their dead friends.

  276. Craig Christofanelli

    While I agree that the media carries much of the blame for this trend of violence happening in our society, I think placing the blame squarely on the news media is a cop-out. What about the messages in the movies, in video games, and on tv that sensationalize tragedies and then glorify revenge and link it to manliness? Sure, most of us can keep these messages in perspective, but those that can't are left desensitized to death and destruction and are capable of committing these terrible acts without even comprehending the true horror of it.
    That said, I'm not a big fan of the way the media reports it either. If you really want to serve justice to these people, you should refuse to even release their names at all. Don't give them the terrible legacy they want, but rather let them die a nobody and focus on the pain and recovery of the victims. I understand that this is simply an extension of human nature. It's easier for us to feel anger at those who committed the crimes than empathy for the victims, but if human nature is what leads to these tragedies than perhaps it's the media's responsibility to fight against it.
    The truth is our society tries way too hard to place the blame for these things on a single entity (like the media, or health care, or gun control) when what we really need to do is take a more holistic approach and try to create a society free of these problems instead of arguing about what is specifically causing them, because everything that someone thinks is the whole problem is really only ever part of it.
    All that aside, posting the commentary in Morgan Freeman's name is stupid. I mean it worked, and it is a discussion that's worth having, but assuming someone else's identity for the sake of stealing their credibility is shameful.

  277. Andy Nebrigich

    Hmm..I had a huge reply typed out and when I got to the end and started writing down what I thought really matters I realized just what does matter…

    Charlotte Bacon, 6.
    Charlotte was sweet, outgoing and full of energy, her grandmother told CNN affiliate WCCO in Minnesota.
    "This is tough. This is surreal. You can't believe this could happen," Irene Hagen told the network. "The whole family is just devastated and we're all trying to come to terms with it."
    She said her granddaughter loved school and dresses. Her hair was a mass of beautiful red curls.
    "It's horrible. It's really horrible," Hagen told WCCO. "It's hard to believe that someone would kill children, innocent children."

    Rachel D'Avino, 29.
    She likely didn't know it when she died, but her best friend was about to propose.
    He had recently asked Rachel's parents for permission, and he was planning to ask for her hand in marriage on Christmas Eve.
    That and other details about Rachel's life were described in an obituary posted on the website of Munson-Lovetere Funeral Homes of Connecticut.
    "Her presence and tremendous smile brightened any room she entered," it read.
    Born in Waterbury, Rachel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hartford and her Masters from Post University. She was working toward her Doctorate at the University of St. Joseph of Hartford.
    Rachel loved karate, cooking, animals, photography and her two younger siblings.
    "Her passion, however, was her occupation as a behavioral therapist working with children within the autism spectrum," the obituary read.
    In lieu of flowers, it asked that donations be made to Autism Speaks, an advocay organization.

    Olivia Engel, 6.
    Her favorite stuffed animal was a lamb; pink and purple were her favorite colors.
    Olivia's family posted a statement on Facebook with those and other details about their beloved daughter.
    "She was insightful for her age and had a great sense of humor. She laughed a lot and always lit up a room including the people around her. She was very creative and was always drawing and designing things," her family said.
    Olivia took art and dance lessons, played tennis, soccer and swam. She was involved in Girl Scouts and musical theater. She loved school and did well in math and reading.
    Her family described her as a "grateful child… never greedy." Each night, Olivia led grace at the dinner table.

    Dylan Hockley, 6.
    "To know him was to love him," Dylan's grandmother told the Boston Herald about her grandson.
    Dylan loved video games, jumping on a trampoline, watching movies and munching garlic bread, she said. He had dimples, blue eyes and "the most mischievous little grin," Theresa Moretti told the newspaper.
    She said her daughter and son-in-law moved to Connecticut from England and chose to live where they did because of the schools. Dylan had an older brother.
    "He was an angel," Moretti told the Herald. "And I think that's now why he's in heaven."

    Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47.
    Hochsprung, who became Sandy Hook Elementary School's principal two years ago, was "really nice and very fun, but she was also very much a tough lady in the right sort of sense," friend Tom Prunty said. And the students loved her. "Even little kids know when someone cares about them, and that was her," Prunty said.
    "I never saw her without a smile," said Aimee Seaver, mother of a first-grader.
    Hochsprung lived in Woodbury, Connecticut, with her husband, two daughters and three stepdaughters.
    The longtime career educator majored in special education for her bachelor's and master's degrees in the 1990s and had just entered the Ph.D. program at Esteves School of Education at the Sage Colleges in New York last summer. Hochsprung led a school district's strategic planning panel and was the recipient of a national school grant.
    Her accomplishments included overseeing the installation of a new security system requiring every visitor to ring the front entrance's doorbell after the school doors locked at 9:30 a.m.
    "My mom, Dawn Hochsprung, was taken tragically from me. But she went down in a blaze of glory that truly represents who she was," her daughter, Cristina Hassinger, tweeted.

    Jesse Lewis, 6.
    Jesse loved math, riding horses and playing at his mom's farm, his father told the New York Post.
    "He was just a happy boy," said Neil Heslin. "Everybody knew Jesse."
    He told the newspaper his son was to make gingerbread houses at school Friday. Heslin was planning to help.
    Instead, the last time he saw his son was when he dropped him off at school at 9 a.m.
    "He was going to go places in life," Heslin told the Post.

    Ana Marquez-Greene, 6.
    "1, 2, 3, ready and go," Ana counts down in a homemade video provided to CNN affiliate WTIC.
    The girl in pigtails stands in front of a piano as her brother plays. Her voice is clear, bigger than her size. Ana smiles and waves.
    Her father, Jimmy Greene, is a jazz musician. His representative released a statement on Ana's death, describing the little girl as "beautiful and vibrant."
    "The family has requested privacy at this time of heartbreaking loss," it read. They "have asked us to relay their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support and sympathy locally, nationally and internationally."

    Grace McDonnell, 7.
    The ultimate "girly girl." Grace loved wearing pink and playing dress-up with jewelry, her grandmother told the Boston Herald.
    As Mary Ann McDonnell spoke, she was surrounded by Christmas presents meant for Grace, Gracie, as she was sometimes called.
    The little girl loved art, gymnastics, soccer and her small spaniel, Puddin', her grandmother said.
    "She was a wonderful little girl. She was always smiling," McDonnell told the newspaper. "I think everybody should know about these beautiful children whose lives were cut short."

    Anne Marie Murphy, 52.
    A hero. That's how a first responder reportedly described Murphy to her father.
    He told Newsday that authorities told him her body was found in a classroom, covering young children killed in the shooting in an apparent attempt to shield them.
    "She died doing what she loved. She was serving children and serving God," Murphy's mother, Alice McGowan, told the newspaper.
    A married mother of four, Murphy was artistic and hardworking, her parents said.
    "She was a happy soul," her mother told Newsday. "She was a very good daughter, a good mother, a good wife."

  278. Andy Nebrigich

    continued…

    Emilie Parker, 6
    She could "light up a room," Emilie's father said about his oldest daughter.
    Robbie Parker described her as "bright, creative and very loving." Emilie was always willing to try new things, he said, except food. Her laugh was infectious.
    "My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing up and giving her love and support to all of those victims, because that is the type of person she is," said Parker.
    He said she was "an exceptional artist and she always carried around her markers and pencils so she never missed an opportunity to draw a picture or make a card for someone."
    "This world is a better place because she has been in it," Parker said.
    Emilie's aunt described her niece as the "sweetest little girl I've ever known."
    The family is devastated that "someone so beautiful and perfect is no longer going to be in our lives and for no reason," said Jill Cottle Garrett.
    Emilie's father, who works as a physician's assistant in the newborn unit at the Danbury hospital, recalled his last conversation with his daughter was in Portuguese, a language he was teaching her.
    "She said that she loved me, and I gave her a kiss and I was out the door," he said.

    Noah Pozner, 6
    "He had a huge heart and he was so much fun, a little bit rambunctious, lots of spirit," Noah's aunt told CNN. "He was really the light of the room."
    Victoria Haller said her nephew loved playing with his cousins and siblings, especially his twin sister.
    "He was a gorgeous, gorgeous boy and he could really get what he wanted just by batting those long eyelashes and looking at you with those big blue eyes. You really couldn't say no to him," she said.
    His siblings don't know yet the exact way in which Noah passed away, Haller said.
    "How do you tell them that's how their brother died?" she asked. "It's the unthinkable really."

    Jessica Rekos, 6
    Jessica loved everything about horses — horse movies, horse books, drawing horses and writing stories about them.
    She asked Santa this year for new cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. Her family had promised she could get her own horse when she turned 10.
    "She was a creative, beautiful, little girl," her family said in a statement, describing Jessica as their "rock."
    "She had an answer for everything, she didn't miss a trick, and she outsmarted us every time. We called her our little CEO for the way she carefully thought out and planned everything," they said. "We can not imagine our life without her."
    Jessica also loved orca whales and playing with her two little brothers.
    "We are mourning her loss, sharing our beautiful memories we have of her, and trying to help her brother Travis understand why he can't play with his best friend," her family said.

    Lauren Rousseau, 30
    Rousseau, a permanent substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, "wanted to be a teacher from before she even went to kindergarten," her mother said in a written statement Saturday. "We will miss her terribly and will take comfort knowing that she had achieved that dream," Teresa Rousseau said.
    She grew up in Danbury, Connecticut, and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport.
    Rousseau "worked as a substitute teacher in Danbury, New Milford and Newtown before she was hired in November as a permanent substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown," her mother said.

    Mary Sherlach, 56
    Sherlach, Sandy Hook Elementary's school psychologist, was with Hochsprung when they heard a "pop, pop, pop" sound around 9:30 a.m., a parent with both women at the time told CNN. Sherlach was shot to death after heading into the hall to find out what was happening.
    "I … am always ready to assist in problem-solving, intervention and prevention," Sherlach wrote on her website.
    Sherlach earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at SUNY Cortland and a master's degree at Southern Connecticut State University. She worked as a rehabilitation assistant at a group home for disabled adults and as a community mental health placement specialist before becoming a school psychologist.
    She worked in three Connecticut school systems before moving to Sandy Hook Elementary in 1994. During her time in Newtown, Sherlach kept busy as a member of numerous groups such as the district conflict resolution committee, safe school climate committee, crisis intervention team and student instructional team.
    Sherlach and her husband for more than three decades lived in Trumbull, Connecticut, and, together, they were "proud parents" of two daughters in their late 20s. Her website listed her interests as gardening, reading and going to the theater.

    Victoria Soto, 27
    Soto, a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, moved her students away from the classroom door when she heard gunfire, which students initially "thought were hammers falling," according to the father of one of her students.
    "That's when the gunman burst in, did not say a word, no facial expressions, and proceeded to shoot their teacher," said Robert Licata, whose 6-year-old son, Aiden, escaped by running past the shooter.
    Soto's mother said her daughter was selfless.
    "She would not hesitate to think to save anyone else before herself and especially children. She loved them more than life, and she would definitely put herself in front of them any day," Donna Soto told CNN's Piers Morgan.
    Soto wanted to be a teacher since she was 3 and talked about her students with "such fondness and caring," her mother said.
    Soto's cousin, James Wiltsie, said Soto "instinctively went into action when a monster came into her classroom and tried to protect the kids that she loved so much."
    "We just want the public to know that Vicki was a hero," he said.
    Soto had a dog she loved. The black lab Roxie spent Saturday wandering around Soto's apartment, apparently looking for her, relatives said.

    Other victims
    Daniel Barden, 7; Josephine Gay, 7; Madeleine Hsu, 6; Catherine Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; James Mattioli, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Avielle Richman, 6; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; Allison Wyatt, 6.

    How about we let things work themselves out. If this writer is any good she will take away from this experience exactly what she needs to become a better writer, if not then I guess she just remains an internet blogger.

    (The info above is a copy and paste from CNN. Personally I don't trust any news source but I would think they could at least get this straight)

  279. Kevan Rowlee

    Notice how "they" insist Freeman's comments are a hoax. Pardon me, but if it were a hoax would not the media pick up the telephone and inquire of the movie-star the validity of his alleged statement? If "they" didn't perform this basic due diligence then the statement attributed to Freeman is as reasonably authentic as much so if it were false.

  280. Christopher Faille

    "Morgan Freeman" or "Mark" appears to have been right. It has gotten into the 'mainstream' now — this pathetic loser was fascinated by another pathetic loser, the one in Norway, and saw himself as in a contest to outkill the Norway loser. The Norway loser's exploits (I won't use his name) had been extensively covered by the world news agencies, and this sort of competitive desire is exactly what the pseudo-Freeman was cautioning about.

    You seemed to be saying that can't happen because "most fame-hound killers are too narcissistic to die with their crimes. Anyone wishing to obtain fame this way is going to stick around for the coverage."

    Sometimes, it would appear, they don't.

  281. Gianfranco Elio Tubino Bryce

    the picture showing what was supposed to be the original source of the "not-Morgan-Freeman" quote… Gives no date because it says "yesterday at 12:44 pm" as the oldest date and "23 hours ago" as the earliest date… it could as well had been faked for sake of making this article…