Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Today Show is a Bully (As Well as Other News Shows)


Seems at least once a week I hear a news story about bullying.   Whether it be a college hazing, cyber bullying, high school bullying or stories about how to prevent bullying, it is all there.  Just recently, we saw a college student charged with  hate crimes (another word for bullying) for videotaping and broadcasting his gay roommate having sex.  Bullying is definitely a HUGE problem in the US. 

What strikes me is how horrified the news reporters act (as they should be) when covering these stories.  But they are HYPROCRITES. They are huge bullies themselves.  Take the Today Show, for instance, as well as Headline News and probably every other media outlet who covered the story of the KONY 2012 creator.  This man obviously has a mental illness and was videotaped running around in public in the nude, ranting and screaming.  The news media had a hay day playing it over and over again.  

The definition of a bully from Webster.com is this:  a blustering browbeating person; especially: one habitually cruel to others who are weaker.  By this definition, the media outlets playing this video over and over are bullies.

How can they be so mortified about other bullying cases, yet run a video of someone with a mental illness over and over?  Do they not have any compassion for the weak of mind?  It is quite disgusting, if you ask me.  How do they think that he feels now knowing the whole world witnessed his break down?  Could you imagine?

They want to criticize what the college student did videotaping his gay roommate (rightfully so), but they are doing the same exact thing.  Hypocrites!

What a sad, sick society we live in.

Maybe if enough of us complain to the news media when they see them being a bully, things will change. Please share this post and contact the Today Show or anyone else who aired this video and let them know how you feel about it.  With Twitter and Facebook, this shouldn't take more than a minute of your time.






5 comments:

NSB Mom said...

very good points!

Leila said...

I am a field advocate for suicide with the AFSP and therefore, through relation, advocate for bullying as well (how can you advocate one and not the other when they are so closely linked). I have never thought of the harmful ways the media plays into bullying. I am sure I have seen it and commented before, but you really put it into light as something that really is sickening. Thank you for the insightful post!!!

Elizabeth Towns said...

Interesting post. I agree and wonder when major media will determine what the modern consumer really wants as news. This is not it.

Theresa S. said...

I agree. I feel that there are certain groups-and rightly so-that are off limits when it comes to bullying. Then there are others, like the overweight and mentally ill, who it is still "okay" in the eyes of many, to criticize and humiliate. I don't care who they are, I don't feel that it is okay to treat anyone with that kind of disrespect. The media should be ashamed of themselves. They are the ones who scream the loudest when it comes to tolerance and respect. What a double standard!

Sadie said...

I don't think they see it as bullying when they're doing it to "the bad guy".

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