Dom Raso: Knee-Jerk Reactions

NRA Knee-Jerk Reactions with Dom Raso


Dom Raso talks about the overzealous media and their tendency to react to tragedy rather than report the story.

Commentary Transcript

Let’s talk about knee-jerk reactions when something bad happens. The media is salivating, just waiting for the next tragic story to come in so they can post it all over their network before anyone else beats them to the punch. They don’t say, “Man, something bad happened. We need to get our facts in order so we can tell people what actually happened.” Instead, they jump in with excitement and race to the scene to cover an event and get it in front of you, their audience.

While they’re out scavenging the world looking for something tragic to happen, guess who’s the first group that gets to voice their opinions? You guessed it – the media.

Journalists spend their lives chasing stories. And that’s fine; that’s their job. But their job is not to analyze the situation and then broadcast their own opinions to the world.

The shooting at the Navy yard in Washington is a prime example. I mean, the trash and useless information they put on the air was embarrassing. I felt like I was listening to little kids point out the obvious, and then repeat it over and over, adding in more of their own uninformed speculations each time.

But they just can’t help themselves, and even worse, they pretend to be instant experts on every subject. A plane crashes, and Piers Morgan’s an aviator. A bomb goes off and he’s a warrior. The next thing you know, what’s dominating the airwaves are the opinions of the media – instead of the facts, evidence and the truth of the matter.

I can’t even watch today’s media because the twists and the turns are so pathetic and weak. The worst part is, half the people in the country believe it all.

When someone asks me a question or my opinion on something and I don’t know the answer, I say, “Hey, I have no clue, but I’m sure I can find a resource who can help you out with that.” That’s an honest answer.

Stop acting like you know it all, because none of us have all of the answers. We all have the right to voice our opinions, and I would never argue with that. What we all need to avoid is having those knee-jerk reactions to significant events that happen within our country and in the world.

Because when you go on TV in the middle of the crisis and misinform the public with incorrect information, your words have consequences.

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Comments (3)

  1. Your commentary is insightful and I am glad to hear that I am not the only one feeling this way. Thank you for your courage to say what you feel.
    Throughout history, media has been used as a tool by governments. Each instance is a mirror image of the government that influences their reactions and opinions. It has been said that if you control the media – you control the thoughts and reactions of the people. Communication has much power – if it is misused, we will all suffer. It’s about time for this discussion in a big way. We are losing our rights to voice our opinions as individuals and at the same time the media is being used to brainwash the population in ways I never would have imagined. There are some high winds ahead of us my friends – its going to be rough sailing.

  2. The best example of all to demonstrate both this and the built in prejudices was the George Zimmerman trial. This trial tried to find a man guilty of defending himself from another man smashing his head into a cement sidewalk. Not only did the prosecution have no case what so ever, they tried to get the public to believe that uttering one word was sufficient to turn you into a raving racist bent on killing. On top of this, they made the case into a stand your ground when SYG had absolutely nothing to do with the event. Now comes the most scary part. The coverage was incendiary, that even today it is commonly referenced as a case of SYG laws gone amiss, a racist being found not guilty for a blatant murder, and an example of why personally carrying of a fire arm or the existence of self defense laws are not justified. We seem to live among lemmings who blindly follow the leftist news media where stupidity is as common as breathing. The only solution is for ever person to speak up with the truth as often and as loud as possible. But when people do this, the need to be polite and to be armed with accurate facts and data cannot be overemphasized.

  3. Truth that needed to be said. Best part about this kind of “pro-gun propaganda” is that it isn’t an outcry of instantaneous patriotism and fore father riddled messages. Sure, those are inspiring and have a time and a place such as a court room but when every internet rant or pro gun argument brings it up, it makes you sound cultish/manipulative religion like. I love these because they break down what is going wrong and what is a sound and reasonable answer without demands or threats. While I am not an NRA member, I definitely agree and support their commentators so thank you to Dom Raso, Colin McNoir, and all the others who have time and time again brought up valid points people in a position of press or power not acknowledge or immediately trample with some asinine demand or rude and childish attempt at interrupting what they have to say. For the people doing their homework and making the best of a bad situation, thank you.

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