Media use of the term "Sniper":
Even though this is not any sort of technical information, I thought I'd just include this question and three responses here, in order to show those interested that, even though we are interested in controversial subject matter, we are not lunatics.
Anyone have any thoughts on the death of an abortion doctor up north in what the media are calling a "sniper attack"?
Crazy J <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TX USA - Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 12:13:24 (EST)
Hey, ya gotta remember that the media is so slanted these days that
you would need a climbing harness, some rope and a few soild anchors to
stand on top of them. I feel that their main purpose is to stir the "sheeple"
up, to "plant an idea" similar to the political "spindoctors". This is,
in my opinion, purely the political/policy agenda that is put forth by
the controling entities of the major media.No, I am not a wacko, I just
haven't seen much unbiased investigative reporting in a looong time!
Most people would probably not be able to give an accurate definition of what a sniper is/does. The media uses the term "sniper" for any Richard Cranium-ASSHOLE that can pull a trigger and kill someone. No this is not a good thing, but then again, we can't vote them out of the media, we can only warily watch them and try to corect them as quickly and often as possible, and maybe not support their sponsors.
Steve Uhall <email@example.com>
Greensburg, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 14:11:09 (EST)
The media often confuses the term sniper with what they really mean: Terrorist. A terrorist can function as a sniper but generally is not recognized as such by people who are actually qualified to hold the title via formal training.
It is unfortunate that the media seems to willing to use flashy terms based on firearms instead of terms relating to what they report on. A burgler or mugger is never a robber or bugler...he is a GUNMAN. A terrorist is seldom a called terrorist unless he wears a towel on his head. Instead he is a sniper, a gunman, a patriot, a militia type, an NRA member, what ever they happen to wish to make slander on at the time. Once people cross a line they should be refered to by WHAT they are, not who they associate with. A terrorist is a terrorist. I do not care if he shot someone with a gun, blew up a building, or knifed someone who disagrees with his political view. He operates via terror on the innocent. Therefore he is a terrorist. A terrorist may have militia leanings, or be a member of the so called religious right or unreligious left. But once he has moved into the realm of illegal and fatal acts aimed at citizens doing their job, he becomes one and only thing. The media does not have enough intellect to understadn this or if they do, they do not care. All they want is a buzz word.
USA - Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 15:13:43 (EST)
Steve, Scott, et al,
WRT your comments on the mainstream media's frequent use of inapropriate labels for 'common street criminals', I couldn't agree with you more. I spent right at five years as a Police Officer (back in the late 70's, early 80's), and even being in a smaller city that was a suburb of Chicago, we (the Police Dept.) were the ones labeled in the local media as the real "Bad Guys". On the other hand the scumbags doing the crimes were only "suspected gunmen", etc.. I got so tired of that and so much other crap that my family had to go through that I finally gave up police work and went into manufacturing (okay... so I didn't give up shooting and guns altogether, I did work for Heckler & Koch for several years when they had their facility in Chantilly, Virginia).
I still see the media doing a lot of the same thing today. Let's just take a look at how many in the mainstream media glorifed poor Mr. O.J. Simpson. Also, there are all kind of folks running around with their camcorders trying to capture the next "Rodney King" beating and the big networks will pay Big Bucks for the tape. Kind of scary, isn't it?
However, for a slight change of pace in reporting from the media try this news website.
Sorry for the rant folks, this stuff just gets my hackles up. Every time there is a crime involving a firearm, the Social Engineering Liberals and the Mainstream Media have a field day. I have been lurking about here for a number of months now, but didn't have much to say about long range gunning, but this stuff got to me. I heard about your site on the NAVYSEALS.COM site and checked it out back in July. You folks do a great job and I am bound to become a regular visitor.
Cincinnati, Ohio USA - Wednesday, October 28, 1998 at 18:44:38 (EST)
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