Morgan Freeman Sandy Hook Quote - Internet/Facebook Rumour

16 Dec 2012 - Article No: 1647. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour


Morgan Freemans brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but heres why.

Its because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he`ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN`s article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer`s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer`s identity? None that I`ve seen yet. Because they don`t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you`ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man`s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news."

This message which is circulating Facebook virally asserts to be from Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and states the motivation behind massacre killers like Adam Lanza is the quest for notoriety that is given to them by sensationlist mainstream media.

The message further implies that turning the news off is the best way to prevent these tragedies from happening.

Plenty of readers have expressed agreement with the sentiment in the message. However the message almost certainly did not originate from Morgan Freeman.

The message first appeared on either Facebook or Reddit according to conflicting reports, and started to spread virally from there. However the thoughts in the message are from someone other than the actor.

In fact according to the latest reports the message originated from a Facebook user identified only as "Mark" who wrote the message as his status and then later joked that it would probably end up going viral and be attributed to the likes of someone like Morgan Freeman.

If you agree with the message then feel free to share it with your friends on social networking sites, however it would be wise to remove the Morgan Freeman reference since leaving it there simply means you are spreading misinformation and detracting from the overall sentiment of the message as well as detracting from your own credibility. It is irresponsible to spread misinformation across the Internet and misattribute quotes just because you agree with its sentiment.

If you have already shared the message with the Morgan Freeman attribution then please make an effort to edit or inform your friends that the quote was not made by him.

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