NPR's Daniel Schorr Blames The Internet For Ft. Hood Shootings

from the maybe-time-to-hang-up-the-microphone dept

I recognize that NPR news analyst Daniel Schorr is well into his tenth decade of life, and plays the role of the “senior statesman of journalism” on NPR at times, but as a bunch of folks have sent in, he seems to have totally lost it with his recent piece suggesting the internet should share some of the blame for the Ft. Hood shootings done by Maj. Nidal Hasan. The reason? Hasan apparently communicated via email with an “extremist cleric” whom he had met years ago (in person) at a mosque in Northern Virginia. One wonders if they had corresponded by telephone, if Schorr would be questioning if AT&T was to blame. Or, if by pen and paper, if Bic was at fault. Of course, Schorr doesn’t even know what was in the emails sent between the two, so his speculation is based on even less than nothing. However, even if his worst fears are true, and the cleric somehow pushed Hasan to carry out his attack, the fault remains with Hasan, and potentially the cleric. Not the internet.

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Ed Woychowsky says:

Put the blame where it belongs...

The fault can be traced back to the concept of language. Without language it would be impossible to spread abstract ideas, or even any ideas. For example, it would be impossible for an idiot on NPR to blame an electronic forum. This is especially true when the aforementioned idiot clearly does not understand any technology beyond flint knapping.

Terrorist Jones says:

Re: Re: Put the blame where it belongs...

“Ha! I just used the internet to look up “flint knapping” and I am better for it.”

Ha! Me too! I just learned how to fashion a razor-sharp edged projectiles for my next mass-murder. Pack 200 of these babies into a vest-bomb, head to the nearest Supermall and Kablooey! Instant Body Count!

Take that, Infidels! Your “internet” will be your undoing, you capitalist christian dogs.

How’d I do, Mr. Schorr?

duane (profile) says:

he's sort of right

The same thing that makes the Internet great is what makes it suck — connections, undreamed of connections.

Sure, it’s great when entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries can use the Internet to get micro-loans or gender-confused teens in small, close-minded towns can actually find acceptance and not sink into a shame spiral that ends in suicide.

But, the Internet also makes it possible for people filled with hate to learn new and better ways to propagate hate and to act on their hate. These people also can find acceptance. These people also can find funding. None of that is as possible without the Internet.

Obviously, the Internet isn’t solely to blame or even mostly, but like the telephone and the automobile, the Internet has transformed our culture and society. Some for the good, but some for the bad too.

Derek says:

I wouldn't say he's exactly blaming the internet

I don’t think Daniel Schorr is exactly completely blaming the internet for it.

Here’s the link to the story (which you should have provided).

However, he does ask the question if it should share some of the responsibility. He doesn’t flat out blame the internet but he does leave a suggestion. It’s silly since you should never blame the tool but blame who is actually responsible.

Mac says:


The blame should lie squarely with the guy who did the shooting and killing.

Nobody squeezed the trigger for him.

This is all just a very lame excuse from someone who has no concept of personal responsibility.

When I was much younger, I got conned into going into a church of scientology. They started their crap with me and

I had to literally fight my way out of there.

I don’t blame my friend for ‘turning me on to it’ nor do I blame the scientologists that I had to fist fight.

I blame myself for not doing any homework on these people, their methods, philosophies, conduct, etc. so forth and so on.

I take responsibility for my actions and the world would be a much better place if everyone else took responsibility for theirs.

Rose M. Welch (profile) says:


Were all of the *other* Ft. Hood shootings ALSO caused by the Internet? Because this isn’t the first shooting there and it won’t be the last. Guys at Ft. Hood won’t even sleep by the windows because of the violent sprees there, quite a few of which happily ended with no bodily harm, but another crazy soldier.

How do I know this? I have had quite a few friends stationed there over the years, and I’ve visited on many an occasion. Anybody from the Kileen area who says they were surprised by this event is lying.

And, no, it wasn’t caused by the Internet.

Almost Anonymous (profile) says:

Re: Wtf?

And, no, it wasn’t caused by the Internet.

Unless you want to make a case that internet-juice is leaking out of the wires and infecting the soldiers with evil thoughts?

In all seriousness though, I’m shocked that this information has not been examined, at least not through any media outlet I use. How many incidents are we talking about?

Rose M. Welch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Wtf?

Sorry, I didn’t check this comment for a response. 😛

Anyway, I certainly couldn’t count the total number of incidents (I live near Ft. Sill, not Ft. Hood), but I know of at least half a dozen with serious injury in the last eight years, not counting incidents involving vehicles. It’s frequently enough that the soldiers stationed there don’t think anything of it and won’t sleep by the windows in the barracks.

Remember, though, that Ft. Hood has the main in/out processing center for overseas tours, though and we all know how great the military is about making sure that our soldiers are mentally sound. (That adjective was sarcastic, of course.)

Anonymous Coward says:

Are any of you common-sense-thinking folks really surprised by such stupidity coming from yet another lefty NPR news analyst? Some will be familier with the irresponsible comments made by some in congress, who have leveled blame for Hassan’s actions, on guns and on how more gun control is needed… ON AN ARMY BASE! Did you get that? (sigh)
The predetermined area of the massacre was a gun free zone and thus, the victims were UNARMED. It was a 5′ female Police Officer (armed) that took Hassan down. But I digress, it’s just the same old song – let’s blame the internet, let’s blame the video game, let’s blame the gun. *** Blame the finger, not the trigger!

david says:

dumb people

This is rediculous. THis article points to oh wait not even a single fact. It simply states one dudes opinion. If you actually listen to the words he speaks you might have a different opinion. Dan is one of the most well respected journalists alive and his words should never be taken out of context. I think that he simply is bringing up the point that communication of this nature is something to be concerned with. He never says “the internet is to blame” that just some asshole putting words into a well respected man’s mouth. USE FACTS OR HIS WORDS YOU IDIOT>>>>MIKE

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