Comment of the Day

Reader: Aurora shooting coverage preventing us from hearing about other important stories

Yesterday, we highlighted a conservative activist's view that the Aurora theater shooting isn't a national story.

And according to one of our readers, it's not the only story, either -- but blanket coverage of it is preventing us from learning about potentially more important ones.

brianafrederick writes:

Wasn't it just a few days later that 14 people were killed in Texas from one single road accident? Believe me, I had to dig pretty deep to find much coverage about it. It shouldn't be necessary to point out the fact that it was illegal immigrants shoved into a van illegally trying to cross the border, because let's face it, Americans want to hear more about white people dying on the news than they do the "less than important" brownies from the south. Whether or not it's for profit, all this coverage, it is a little much. We forget, we create these monsters as a society.

The deadliest day ever in Syria happened not long after the shootings as well. Genocide is still, after decades, happening in parts of Africa. America decimates Eastern Africa for resources to put in their smart phones or xBoxes. (xBoxi?) Right, so it's in our neighborhood, but hasn't Aurora been the butt end of jokes in most dialogue? Now we care? I was actually pretty shocked to see the photos of those killed because I was expecting more 'hood people to be in the theater. But then I realized, because of the way we treat our poor - they probably didn't have the money to pay for a $15 movie ticket.I'm also pretty tired of hearing about stories of bravery, solidarity or "community." This happened a little more than a decade ago, only 20 miles away and still Colorado learned NOTHING. A ban on assault rifles expires in 2004 and nobody cares, why? Because people stopped giving a shit. We as a "community" learned nothing, and in the next few years it will be the same thing. This was a sick man who asked for help and didn't receive it. Good job America -- welcome to the rest of the world.

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