Posted on | July 21, 2012 | 1 Comment
Today, MSNBC unintentionally offered up an answer to the vexing question at the heart of the Aurora movie theater shooting.
The question is “why?”
While all of the 24-hour cable infotainment networks are turning to psychology experts, retired FBI profilers and a panoply of passersby who came into contact with the latest lone gunman, a little happenstance of cable box menu-making may have betrayed all that emotive hand-wringing by a host of well-coiffed news readers.
Unlike FOX and CNN, MSNBC usually takes the weekends off. After a few hours of early morning programming, they unplug the news operation and feature an onslaught of crime and punishment programs. They take you inside various prisons. And they take you inside the minds of famous criminals. But that was preempted for coverage of the Aurora shooting.
Yet, the cable box menu was still showing the originally scheduled program for this Saturday afternoon.
From 12 to 2pm, MSNBC had planned on showing: “Confessions of BTK.”
The description of “Confessions of BTK” on the on-screen menu: “A jailhouse talk with BTK serial killer Dennis Rader.”
So, as MSNBC’s Chris Jansing was interviewing survivors and friends and relatives of victims of the latest “inexplicable” mass killing, the program MSNBC preempted was a two-hour star-turn for a convicted serial killer.
And this is the media today. The Klieg lights are on, but nobody’s home.