Do they have to interview kids????? Why not some of the teachers instead????—
Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) December 14, 2012
While many members of our oh-so-esteemed media were ghoulishly weaving the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre into their beloved gun-grabbing narrative, others were more concerned with getting a scoop … out of the mouths of babes.
Before the blood of 20 murdered children was dry, reporters descended on Newtown, Conn., to pry terrified reactions from traumatized schoolchildren.
Just look at the concern on Katie Couric’s face as she interviews those kids. What compassion!
Piers Morgan is vile. Interviewing little kids and a classmate who said the kid "kept to himself." Come the fuck on, this is "journalism?"—
Jill F (@jillyfitts) December 15, 2012
Anderson Cooper refused to join his colleagues.
In answer to your tweets, no, Of course i will not be interviewing children from the school. I do not think that is appropriate at this time—
Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) December 14, 2012
But dozens of other journalists sought out fragile child witnesses and frightened classmates with no regard for their state of shock or the further damage that might be done.
That pathetic CYA policy didn’t fly with viewers, and Cooper’s fellow CNN reporters were among the most criticized offenders.
Seriously this guy on CNN is an idiot the media is terrible for interviewing a little kid after this horrific tragedy—
blue (@jeffblue16) December 15, 2012
CNN wasn’t the only network seeking out children for interviews.
These kids just witnessed mass murder, why is CNN, Fox, MSNBC reporters the first people they are talking to, and not a child psychologist?!—
Dwayne Wayne (@Double_Olv7) December 15, 2012
Dear NBC, CNN, FOX, and MSNBC, stop interviewing children. Its unethical and can be damaging to them later. Its not necessary.—
Carrie Miller (@Carebear755) December 14, 2012
And local reporters joined their national brethren in their attempts to be first at pulling tearful quotes from horrified children.
One journalist even suggested it was all for the greater gun-control good.
People of all political stripes, including some members of the media, were appalled by the quest to add to these kid’s emotional trauma in the name of “journalism.”
If a news reporter tried to stick a camera in my kids face to talk about this after they were just inside I would knock them out—
Big Bob (@FSBigBob) December 14, 2012
Any media interviewing the children involved in the CT shooting should be taken off the air.—
Jill Pantozzi (@TheNerdyBird) December 14, 2012
Dear media brethren. LEAVE THE SURVIVING KIDS ALONE…do not interview them…let them be enveloped with hugs & kisses from their families.—
Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) December 14, 2012
Some reporters had the audacity to interview Sandy Hook students right after their classmates got shot. How would they think that was ok?—
Ryan Lloyd (@DietPotter) December 15, 2012
Here's a novel idea for media covering Conn. tragedy. LEAVE THE KIDS ALONE. QUIT INTERVIEWING THEM. THEY'RE KIDS, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!—
Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) December 14, 2012
There is no way a reporter can ask a child a question that is developmentally appropriate and safe in that situation. You are doing damage.—
Lyndsay (@GeekyLyndsay) December 14, 2012
Repulsed to see reporter interviewing kid. Kid is astonishingly composed, likely in shock.—
Elizabeth Scalia (@TheAnchoress) December 14, 2012
Media stooping even lower than usual by breathlessly interviewing traumatized children. Scum.—
(@Mamadoxie) December 14, 2012
Today I saw the same media that preaches at me from a moral highground interview children at th scene of a schol shooting. No, really.—
John Nolte (@NolteNC) December 14, 2012
Take a bow, “real journalists.” You’ve outdone yourselves this time.
While survivors of the massacre are hopefully home with their families today, the vultures are still circling at Sandy Hook Elementary:
Let’s hope those non-reporters they’re pouncing on don’t include children today.