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No, Morgan Freeman Didn't Blame the Media for Connecticut School Shootings

By December 17, 2012

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Excerpt from a viral quote attributed to actor Morgan Freeman:

You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

It's 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.

Strong statement. Whether you agree or disagree, know this: Morgan Freeman didn't say it.

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December 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm
(1) jude folly says:

the way this message got passed around w/ gospel zeal, perhaps he should take credit for it.

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