Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

April 21, 2013

Media hype takes focus off troubling changes in America

I am deeply troubled by the priorities of the Am-erican culture, as expressed in the news media.

Most recently, Jodi Arias grabbed media attention for the alleged killing of her fiancé.

Casey Anthony dominated the spotlight for the story regarding the death of her child.

Trevon Martin and George Zimmerman were the focus of media attention for weeks.

Where is the media regarding Dr. (drop the title) Kermit Gosnell? His trial started in March and up to now there have only been brief mentions in the media regarding these alleged multiple live birth murders. It is my understanding that the media had to be criticized by anti-abortion groups before this atrocity was brought to our attention.

We should be morally outraged! I am experiencing grief and shame; shame that we could have treated this so lightly. Grief for the moral decay of our society; grief that we would not have been outraged at these innocent deaths.

The amount of time it took for this horror to be exposed in the media is telling. We sure jumped on these other cases!

I think media glamorization of dramatic cases began with national attention regarding O.J. Simpson, but we should either drop the sensationalism altogether or draw attention to cases where there is a moral adjustment that is needed to our culture.

One by one we have been assaulted by the media drama. Stop the hype. Use the media for the purpose it was intended. Report the news and move on. Give brief updates when results are reached.

This constant dramatization is taking our focus off of the fundamental changes that are taking place to undermine this country ...

Charlene Cahill

Petersburg, W.Va.

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