Controversial media coverage of Sandy Hood conspiracyPosted: January 27, 2013
In light of the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, some vocal theorists are claiming the entire incident was created by the government to promote gun control conversations.
These conspirators have been covered widely by some prominent news organizations, which many worry is perpetuating the problem. Critics of CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s coverage said that by reporting on the conspiracies, mainstream media is bringing more attention to the matter, which in turn spreads the conspiracies further. The media is making the infromation available to more audiences instead of letting the matter quietly fade on the social media sites where the conspiracy got its start, they said.
Other bloggers are saying media coverage is shedding necessary light on the obviously falsified claims. Alex Seitz-Wald, a writer for the news blog, Salon, believes news organizations need to follow cospiracies like these to help the public understand the truth behind them. Ignoring these theories only increases their vigor because the conspirators are never confronted with the truth, he said.
Should the mainstream media cover conspiracies like the ones stemming from the Sandy Hook shooting, or are they only making the problem worse? Does journalism provide educated coverage of misinformed issues stemming from social media?