A few paragraphs that editorialize how the coverage of shootings appear to glorify the shooter, is in circulation and falsely attributes Morgan Freeman as its author:
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.
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.
However, a user in a Reddit thread (this one) has identified the writer as a thoughtful fellow Facebook user named Mark who wrote it originally as his own status, and after a few discussion remarks suspects that the Internet will inevitably attribute “Morgan Freeman or Betty White” to it and it will go viral, which it has.
If you agree with the message of the editorial and opt to share the version that attributes Morgan Freeman with the quote, it is important make every effort to omit the “Morgan Freeman” attribution in order to maintain your credibility. If you don’t, you’ll be known as one of those jerks who still believe Microsoft and AOL will pay people for forwarding e-mails. Seriously.
If you have already forwarded it with the Morgan Freeman attribution, make every effort to either remove the post or make a statement in comments noting that the text did not originate with Morgan Freeman. And then after look stuff up first before you post it, or wait until sufficient evidence can be procured to back up your claims.
Don’t forward things that are factually inaccurate just because you agree with it regardless of who said it. The people who do that are retarded. Quit it.