This is a big part of the reason why President Obama shouldn’t have gone to Newtown, Connecticut. Aside from the ghoulish opportunism on display in the president’s actions, using the mourning of the citizens there as a backdrop for a renewed push for a long-sought liberal objective, the president brings a media circus with him wherever he goes.
Obama visiting Newtown just exacerbated what has, so far, been a stomach-turning media feeding frenzy.
“Please tell them to just ease up,” Teri Brunelli, a Newtown store owner, told reporter Adrienne LaFrance. “It happened and we’re going through it. Just let it be for now.”
The BBC’s Jonny Dymond reported being told, “Go home, please, go home, all of you,” by a man who said that he knew four or five of the families who lost children.
Residents complained about reporters showing up at funeral homes, and there are “no media” signs posted around town.
Like some journalists, Dymond agreed with residents. “I have covered stories for 15 years in the field, some of the biggest, and have never seen anything like this, nor felt so uncomfortable about being part of it,” he wrote, lamenting the “exceptionally heavy” media presence in Newtown. “After a while, you have to wonder what more there is to say,” Dymond added.
Yes, let’s have a debate about gun control, but we can have that debate outside of Newtown.