CNN Pimps Children After They’ve Been Traumatized

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Watch how CNN pimps children to advocate abolishing the Second Amendment, attack Donald Trump, and extoll the FBI.

I have been avoiding the TV because I knew it would be bad but I was not prepared for the way CNN pimps children for surviving a mass shooting.

These victims have been catechized. They hate the National Rifle Association but defend the FBI that ignored direct warnings. In fact, they credited the FBI with being among the first responders. Really? Is that the FBI’s job? How did they get there so fast?

The Federalist posts, “Stop Putting Traumatized Teenagers On Television.”

On Wednesday, CNN will air a town hall with kids who survived the massacre. Have they consulted with mental health experts about whether this is a positive way for young survivors to grapple with their grief? Have they taken into account the possibility that they are setting these kids up for a massive and devastating fall when the change they all know in their hearts they are about to create fails to occur?

Will they be honest with them? Will they look these young people in the eyes and tell them it is very unlikely they will succeed, that in fact they will almost certainly not succeed? Or will they play upon the naïve and wonderful hope of children that all things are possible? Will they stoke a fire of optimism that a cruel world will quickly extinguish, leaving ashes in its wake?

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The children of Parkland are not going to solve our nation’s problem with mass shootings. They aren’t even a first step. They are traumatized victims of that problem and they are kids. They don’t belong on television. They belong with parents, educators, and mental health professionals who are more worried about them than about national gun policy or, dare we suggest, ratings.

Leave the kids alone. It’s our job to lead, not theirs. It’s our job to tell them the truth, not lie to them about a power to make change that they do not have.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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