Legitimate threat? | Sensationalizing vs Censoring

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Is sensationalizing the enemy giving them free press?

Is censoring them ignoring the problem?  What is the answer?

I’m the Editor in Chief at Funker Tactical.  I’m a Iraq War Veteran and lately, I’ve been finding it harder to try and gain a sense of trust with readers.

It’s not that there isn’t a wealth of information to share, comment and analyze on… That’s the easy part.  It’s choosing what to share and why you’re sharing it.

Lately, the terrorist group that bills itself as an Islamic State, has been making threats towards anyone and everyone.  Most of these threats are being spread through traditional social media: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. before being picked up by the mainstream media (ie. what old people watch) and then once again shared over social media (what you’re reading right now).

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You’ve all heard the phrase “If it bleeds, it leads.” and I feel that sensationalizing fear has become a 24/7 business for some “news” networks.  It really does get people to pay attention if they believe their life might actually be in danger.  It turns them away from their menial everyday tasks and ponder for a moment terrorism spreading into their homes and communities.  It’s a shared sentiment and the media is literally banking on it.

I don’t see an issue with sharing legitimate threats.  I think the public has not only a right to know, but our sheepdogs out there, also have a duty to protect.  Sensationalizing tweets however, when they are vauge, broad and often coming from semi-anonymous sources, is spreading fear over fact-checking. They (the enemy) are enjoying a media hey-day as literally everything they do that is ‘heinous’ is given headlines and coverage.  It prompts experts to speculate what they could do and gives talking heads a reason to yell at politicians to get involved in more wars…

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Don’t buy into it. While, I don’t think all coverage of terrorist groups should be censored, it should be viewed with extreme skepticism.  The enemy lies.  It’s his nature.  Don’t forget that.

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