questionswhy is it so important to know what our political…

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I don't know either...
I bet you can not guess how I feel about it.

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I think the incessant media coverage of everything these days makes public figures, especially politicians, feel like they have to comment on these things or look like jerks. If the media covers, for example, one candidate making a statement, then the others don't want to look like unfeeling d-bags, so they rush to get something out, too.

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Probably so that the opposing party can take a piece of what was said, slice it up, and add it to another thing that the same guy said so that it is twisted into something they can use to attack that person and/or autotune it so that it sounds like a catchy pop hit. Ahhhh...government.

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I don't know if "come out and release a statement" is fair... the way the media is today, you know every political figure that matters is being inundated with questions about the tragedy so the media can get their sound bites. If the media gets lucky they can take a sound bite and turn it into a bigger headline because one of the politicians said something that can be construed as provocative or insensitive.

I really don't know who I can't stand more, today's media or politicians...

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Well, sometimes the press will strike gold, like this moron who seems to have a severe case of verbal diarrhea: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/under-god/post/texas-rep-gohmert-on-aurora-shooting-weve-told-god-we-dont-want-him-around/2012/07/20/gJQAzabRyW_blog.html

Because really, why didn't god intervene like he did for all those other hundreds of thousands of times there were idiotic, mindess cases of violence over the last two thousand years?

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I think it's because if the they dont' say anything, then the "other side" would use it against them.

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It seems like a catch-22: if you say nothing you come off coldhearted, and if you actually use a tragedy to make a point (in this case, probably pro- or anti- gun control) then you come off crass and opportunistic and get accused of "exploiting" a tragedy for politics.

So instead we get half-assed recycled speeches about what a senseless tragedy and how we should all pray for the victims and so on that don't actually say much of anything at all.

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I also wonder why the media is obsessing with what various celebrities have tweeted about the incident. I have seen on more than one station the use of the celebrity quotes and one website posted a compilation of celeb tweets. Is this really an important part of the story?

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I think it serves as a reminder of their humanity...

because otherwise, they're just all weasels, snakes, and sharks.

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I really don't care what most of them say anyway. It would have (for me) more impact if it was someone's hometown or they knew someone involved.

Otherwise it strikes me as they just wanted to hear themselves speak or see their name in print.

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@lynnaux: I can't stand anything regurgitated by the people we appoint as "celebrities". So foolish that people can actually care what these people think about anything. Definitely a grab for attention.

@mtm2: I agree, when a local (local to the incident) politician has words to say to "his people" that is an entirely different matter in my mind and a necessary and often comforting thing.

I know this may sound cold hearted but quite frankly after only the first morning I am already tired of the coverage and know that they (the media) will be running full steam with this for the next 3 months.

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I happened to hear Obama and Bloomberg's comments earlier today, as well as an announcement that Romney is pulling all political advertizing in Colorado for a while (I don't recall mention of how long he would stay off the air, though I doubt for long).

Obama's comments sounded sincere and gave me the impression that he was truly horrified by what happened. While I doubt his daughters could end up in a theater with mine, I at least felt that he has some idea of what it might be like.

Bloomberg's comments sounded much more like a politician speaking. Regardless of what he actually said, what it sounded like to me was basically, shrug.. well, what do you expect? as long as we have guns, this is what you should expect. I really got the impression that he is more glad about having another statistic that he can use than sad and upset about the people that were killed and injured.

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Well, when Pres. Bush didn't immediately drop everything and do a fly over of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina he was pilloried. So we know what happens if a politician does nothing.

...No such luck when Hurricane Ike hit Houston, but that's another matter. Darned if you do, darned if you don't I guess. I suppose in the end as long as they really mean saying that they wish it hadn't ever happened and want us to rebuild and move past it, I can't really fault either side.

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It's an election year. They have to get their names out there in public view.

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Sadly, I feel ratings/reputation is the number one motivator. This country has become so soft and politically correct that I think some people would actually feel slighted if public figures didn't release statements about things like this ("Obama didn't say anything; he must not care," etc.). I would assume the president gets a little irritated everytime some dingbat goes off the rails like this because he has to take time out of his day to make a public announcement to state how he feels, lest America think he's a monster. As others have alluded, no one should HAVE to comment about how bad they feel about a tragedy--that is inherent to most human beings and we should assume people are compassionate without them specifically saying so.

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I could care less about what anyone says but friends and family letting me know they are ok.

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To humanize them in anticipation of their furthering of an inhuman agenda(s) in service to the 1%