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Morgan Freeman didn't say those things about the Sandy Hook shootings




In case you're one of the countless masses duped by weirdoes hitting the "Share" button on Facebook, you all should probably know that Morgan Freeman didn't say all those things about the "sensationalist media" you think he said. Take it from us, the sensationalist media.

In a now-viral post purportedly by Freeman concerning the Sandy Hook shootings, the Oscar-winning actor allegedly said, "You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why. It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody."

That sounds pretty damning as it is, but the post goes on: "CNN's article says that if the body count 'holds up,' this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next. You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem."

You'd think Freeman would have been on TV or at least released a statement saying all that, but the problem is, he never said it. His rep released a statement to E! News Monday reading, "Morgan neither made statements or posted those statements. We are trying to find out who did, but they did not originate from him."

Reddit users say an author named Mark posted the missive, saying later he thought if his rant was attributed to Freeman or possibly Betty White, it would get more attention, according to Well hey, guess what?

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[Last modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 4:21pm]


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