|Credit to Reddit user bobbonew for taking a picture of his/her TV|
We've seen the news broadcasts, read the articles, probably even spent a little too much time reading other peoples opinions on Facebook. We know by now that bombs went off in Boston, somebody did it, and somebody is going to pay for it, but until then, we need to watch our backs. Why? Because someone is trying to hurt us. There are people out there who hate that we are America and they aren't, and they want to kill us. We're not telling you to panic, but you shouldn't be not panicing. I found this picture on Reddit.com under the title "and the fear mongering begins." The comment chain associated with the picture was full of anti-media rants by Reddit's seemingly intellectual and persistently left leaning userbase. It reminded me of all those times the television told me that I should be extra careful because today is orange, even though yesterday was yellow. I didn't know why our national security was judged on a rainbow chart that could have hung in any daycare center, but I was sure glad I was able to watch the news so they could tell me how scared I should be.
The point I'm trying to make here is that what happened in Boston was an act of terror, meant to terrorize, to cause us as a nation to halt our daily proceedings so we can stop and be scared. So why does the media say things like "How safe are we?" or "How safe are your kids" or "How safe is your car?" I understand those last two weren't acts of terrorism, but they are shining examples of our media trying to scare us, and it's not to protect us, it's for ratings, for sweeps, for paychecks.
This ABC News affiliate isn't helping our country through this trying time by completing the work for whatever psycho tried to blow up downtown Boston. It doesn't matter if it was a Saudi national or some crazy eyed white guy who thinks he got screwed on his taxes. Things like this happen all the time, and no amount of news report watching or nail biting is going to make us any safer. We just don't need to be afraid.
Anyone else have any thoughts on the media scare tactics and fear mongering?