I will just post a short general thread tonight instead of the typical longer ones. I was perched on the couch last night goofing around with some website editing for a client and then the political themed channel I was watching went into the breaking news from Las Vegas.
As hard as the news was to digest as it was unfolding, it got even harder as I flipped between the other channels to see if any new information was available, I began to get sick to my stomach with the insensitivity of these reporters. These sorry ass excuses for human beings never cease to provide further evidence of how little they actually care about the human suffering in times of crisis. They continually ask questions that are obviously asked in the hope of drawing out emotions in victim.
Having previously held a job as a mortuary transport driver, I had to go in to hospital rooms and private dwellings to retrieve the bodies of those that have passed away. In nearly all cases, they body had to be released to the funeral home representative, which was my position as a contractor for the company I was associated with.
Seeing the family members of the recently deceased, in obvious and expected agony of the loss, and having to ask them to fill out the legal chain of custody and personal information of their loved one, was incredibly rough on me. Being in an emotional state and then being asked “How are you feeling, what are your thought’s?” , is one of the hardest positions one can be placed in.
I realize how hard spur of the moment interviews are, and having been through so much sensitivity training, I wonder how these reporters can ask the shit they ask to people who are in obvious emotional pain and often in a state of shock. These punk ass reporters need to pay a little more attention to how they talk to victims of mass violence and deadly situations. These people are concert goer’s, not emergency service professionals that have much more experience dealing with stressful situations like that.
If I was in charge of these morons, we would have had an extremely “one-way” conversation about asking questions like that to civilians in these situations. I found it absolutely disgusting and repulsive. These media personnel should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for preying on the emotional pain of their interviewees’.
I apologize if this is choppy and difficult to read. I’m still pretty perturbed about how they handled these interviews. It was a very reactive environment and I understand that. I just feel they are oblivious to how the person is really feeling having seen what they had just seen.