Posted by: DD | July 28, 2007

no. 487 – Taking Responsibility

As tragic as the story is about these two news helicopters crashing and four individuals losing their lives, I cannot accept that somehow the man fleeing arrest in a motor vehicle is somehow responsible.

These weren’t police helicopters. What if these had been two news vans chasing the fray to get their story? The attention of the pilots were erroneously focused on the chase, not on each other and air safety.

What if while watching the story in rapt awe, I had tripped over one of X’s toys on the floor, fell and busted my face open on the tile? Could I also blame the perpetrator on TV and sue for damages?

What would you think if I blamed my son and sent him to his room for the rest of the day? Wouldn’t you be thinking in the back of your head that I should always be on the look out for toys left on the floor since I have one of those things…? Oh, what do you call them?

Oh, yeah.

A kid.

If the scumbag who stole the car gets charged with these four deaths, I think he should then blame his upbringing because his mother beat him with her curling iron; or his father who he never knew; or the male figures in his life who molested him; or the drug dealers who got him hooked on crank; or…

You get my point?

If the pilots had lived, who do you think would be blamed for the crashes? The pilots. But the pilots are dead. Logically, who should now take some responsibility for the crash? Hmmmmmm.

It’s scary how much power, which is wholly unchecked, the media has.

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Responses

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Americans LOVE the blame game; its never OUR fault. The pilots were careless and crashed. The perp had nothing to do with them not watching where they were going. Ugh.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. Americans LOVE the blame game; its never OUR fault. The pilots were careless and crashed. The perp had nothing to do with them not watching where they were going. Ugh.

  3. Right on! I wish that people in general would take more responsibility for their actions. The ‘it’s not my fault’ attitude is so pervasive, and contributes to a lot of ills in our society.

  4. Ahhh. My first thought, too: had it been a couple of police helicopters, charge him, because that was foreseeable, etc. But not for reporters chasing a story and endangering others. In fact, had bystanders been killed by the reporters’ helicopters crashing, I’d go after the news organizations, too.


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