Media reaction to the records

Some media reactions to the Columbine records…

NPR:

NPR reporter Jeff Brady has read through much of the material. He says it is sometimes difficult to tell who wrote what, but he says he believes that this line came from the journal of gunman Eric Harris:

“I am full of hate and I love it. I hate people and they better f—— fear me if they know what’s good for them.”

Jeff says the writings depict Harris as an emotional person whose “thought processes are really deep but really disturbing at the same time.”

Washington Post:

The newly released papers suggest that the two seniors dropped several clues about their plans in advance. But they were not enough to prompt intervention.

I disagree that they weren’t enough to prompt investigation. There was too much evidence for not one person to notice.

Scripps:

If we didn’t all know that in this case, it ended in bloody mayhem, this could be any parent agonizing over an adolescent’s serious misbehavior and trying to make certain the young person faces up to the consequences and learns better. Which Harris appeared to do, while he was in the program and conforming to its requirements, but secretly he was boiling with rage. He lied to everyone, he was proud of the lies and he fooled the people who were doing what they could to rescue him.

How can any parent read these lines and not wonder, “Could that be my child?”

Kotaku:

The video game references that I’ve read in excerpts (not having had time to consume the entire document yet) paint Harris more as an obsessive fanboy, period, than particularly driven by the game itself.

Time Magazine:

The parents of Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold have often been portrayed as disengaged from the lives of their sons and unaware of the dark paths lying ahead. But 936 pages of evidence taken from the killers’ homes and cars were released by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office on Thursday, and a notebook kept by Eric’s father, Wayne, details a parent’s involvement in his child’s downward spiral.

But was still clueless to everything.

Denver Post:

In one passage, he foreshadows the blame game that would follow the shootings. “I know I could get shot by a cop after only killing a single person, but hey … I chose to kill that one person so get over it! It’s MY fault! Not my parents, not my brothers, not my friends, not my favorite bands, not computer games, not the media, it is MINE!”

Harris was right. It was his fault. But plenty of others failed along the way.

6 Comments

  1. I heard some dumbass on the radio saying that, in the final analysis, “society” was to blame for everything.

    Damn near drove off the road.

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  2. Im shocked that Opie and Anthony havent touched on this subject. Usually they will take an interest esp when stupid reporters botch or oversensationalize a subject.

    …and the media is good for that.

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  3. Well, if the media actually ACCEPTED that Harris and Klebold were fully responsible, then they would then have to admit that they have no fucking idea of the gunmen’s motives, and the media would hate to confess that they are no further into the killers minds since when it happened.

    The media are full of shit, plain and simple. And Harris and Klebold were just heartless little fucks, again, plain and simple.

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  4. Well said, But I do disagree on one thing. The media isn’t so much “full of shit” as they are now seeking ratings more aggressively than ever before. They have seen what shocking radio hosts such as Howard Stern, Opie and Anthony and others can do with outrageous behavior and believe that they can intertwine that with the popular “realty show” attraction going on in the world. So they over sensationalize everything and inadvertently fuck up a story like this. Its not so much that they are full of shit, but rather complete bumbling idiots.

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