Messages to the Presidents of the World
|45th President of the United States|
|Assumed office January 20, 2017|
|Vice President||Mike Pence|
|Preceded by||Barack Obama|
|Born||Donald John Trump(1946-06-14) June 14, 1946 (age 70)New York City|
|Political party||Republican (1987–99, 2009–11, 2012–present)|
|Other political affiliations|
|Relations||See Family of Donald Trump|
|Alma mater||The Wharton School (B.S. in Econ.)|
|Net worth||US$3.5 billion (March 2017)|
Dear M. President, I wrote this several years ago, it's still all too relivant t...
- john c.
- Tuesday, 07 November 2017
I feel compelled to write you after seeing yet another round of senseless death and violence in our nation displayed on the nightly news.
Almost every night it seems, some horribly misguided individual decides to right some perceived wrong by randomly killing someone else. Whether it be children in school or policemen eating lunch or people running in a marathon; It is always the same: the news anchor looks at the camera with a somber and concerned look on their face and asks, why did this happen? Why? I'll tell you why, they do it because it serves their purpose, that's why. Whether they write some long-winded rambling manifesto for the public to read in the paper, or make a chilling video to be aired repeatedly on the nightly news, it’s all the same.
The fact that the question why is always asked is, in itself, absurd. They ask as though there is a reasonable answer. As if the right combination of words will lead viewers to say, “O.K. that sounds reasonable to me, yeah, that makes sense now.” The people who do these things all have their own distorted reasons, like, you call God by a different name than me, or you wouldn't go to the prom with me. The so-called reasons are as different as the crimes themselves. In reality none of them are valid.
However, the one thing they do have in common is the fact that the national media, by repeatedly airing their horrible crimes gives them the stage for validation. I have heard this type of crime called performance violence. That is precisely what it is and the local and national media provides them the largest stage in the world on which to perform.
At what point is the continued coverage of these crimes contributing to the ongoing commission of these crimes? I believe we have passed that point. Think back to the beginning; remember the phrase "Going Postal". It all started then and there and has done nothing but escalate. It is the copycat syndrome. It is time for the media to look itself in the mirror and ask if this serves the public interest or if sensationalism and viewership are the ultimate goal?
I remember during the 9-11disaster when the media refrained from showing the office workers jumping to escape the flames and thinking what a noble thing that was to do. I was proud of you then. Please consider my words, and the next time some horribly misguided psychotic shoots up a movie theater or a College campus and you sit there with your sad face and wring your hands, be careful not to look at those hands, you might not like what you see.
John Byron Cook