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Media coverage of Virginia Tech murders, where is the outrage?

As the U.S. media falls over over itself to report EVERY angle of the Virginia Tech murders, I’ve wondered where is the outrage. Where is the outrage that the media is spending all their time reporting on every aspect of the lives of the 33 VA Tech deaths when as of today 3,311 U.S. Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines have been killed since the start of the Iraq war. Put another way, more than 100 times the number of U.S. military personnel have been killed than were killed at Virgina Tech but the media finds it necessary to spend way too much time reporting on the 33 Virgina Tech deaths. Where is the outrage?

24,314 U.S. military personnel have been wounded since the start of the Iraq war but the media finds it necessary to grossly over-report the deaths of the 33 people at Virginia Tech. What about the thousands of military personnel who are permanently disfigured? What about the military families left behind? What about the children that no longer have their Daddy or Mommy? What about the thousands of people who lost their friends in the war? Where is the outrage?

An estimated 61-68 THOUSAND Iraqi civilians have been KILLED since the start of the Iraq war. Where is the outrage? What about the THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of Iraqi civilians who have been injured? Where is the outrage and media coverage?

Has the media and the U.S. civilian population been desensitized to the deaths and injuries since the start of the Iraq war? Do American’s not care about their military personnel? Do Americans not care about the Iraqi civilian injuries and deaths?

I believe the media coverage regarding the VA Tech deaths has been insulting to those that wear a military uniform. We The People need to demand the media look at the 100 times more U.S. military deaths and 2,000 times more Iraqi civilian deaths and tell them they need to get their reporting priorities straight.

I have all the sympathy in the world for the victims, family, and friends in the Virginia Tech deaths. However, their stories are no more important than those of U.S. military personnel and Iraqi civilians.

What do you think? Do you think the media should be spending so much time reporting the VA Tech deaths considering what has been going on in Iraq?

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April 17, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Military & War, Random

1 Comment »

  1. I think you are comparing two unlike things. The loss of life among our military, and Iraqi citizens, is certainly tragic. The life of one soldier is worth as much as the life of one student. But death is expected in a war. The soldiers voluntarily put themselves under the scythe. Violence is an essential aspect of war, and a consequence of violence is death.

    The death of students in a mass slaying garners public attention precisely because such violence is not expected on a college campus. A campus is intended to generate reflection, comprehension, insight and, hopefully wisdom. It is a place where discoveries are made and the records of those discoveries are stored. It is a place where youth blooms into adulthood and dreams are born. Except for people like the deranged shooter at Virginia Tech, a college campus is not a place where nightmares are hatched and violence is a routine part of the day.

    Comment by Buddy Baker | April 17, 2007 | Reply


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