At first, in spite of the awfulness of the crime , I feel annoyed at the media attention. I get so tired of the news stations and websites practically wetting themselves with excitement over another mass shooting. I particularly dislike when the tragedy is given its own icon in the bottom corner of the tv screen. (yeah.. i am talking about you, ABC!) The icon flashes the name of the tragedy when the news resumes after a commercial break, as if we could forget that a gunman shot 26 or 27 people, 20 of them kids. ( some stations say one number, some stations say a different number, apparently the total number depends if they count the victim related to the shooter.) I can't help but see it as salacious entertainment rather than sharing the facts of an event. At one point, on the CBS website each news section started with a headline related to the Connecticut Tragedy..
" Entertainers react to...."
" Sports Community reacts to..."
" Politicians speak out about..."
Yeah. We get it. It is sad and it sells. So cram as much coverage as you can into all news stories.
My annoyance just melted into sadness this morning when I heard the story again for the threescore and tenth time. The annoyance was really just hiding the sadness anyway.