A South Carolina lawmaker has a unique idea to cure the nation’s ills after a week of violent clashes: Shut down the media.
State Sen. Katrina Shealy posted on Facebook on Friday that it is her view that racial differences and law enforcement are not the biggest problems America needs to overcome. Instead, she said, turn off the media spigot and take a time-out.
“Our biggest problem could very possibly (most likely) be the Media!!!” she posted. “If we could shut down all media for one month except for weather reports and let everyone else do their job I bet we would see a change.”
She continued, “The media sensationalizes everything that happens stirring the pot, fueling an already blazing fire. Now you may agree with me or not but that is why we all have our own Facebook Page...to Voice our Opinions!!! God Bless the USA and pray for those in harms way today.”
Reached by phone, Shealy, R-Lexington, said she knows it is unrealistic to stop reporting the news. She then said it was more social media that was the problem. Then she added it is a lack of accurate facts getting out.
“The people are confused by what they see,” she said, pointing to how this week’s shootings of black men by white police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota sparked outrage, followed by the ambush killings of five police officers in Dallas.
The media, she said, “feeds the rage.”
As far as stopping the press, “I know that’s not realistic.”
Shealy’s post had multiple responses, on both sides.
“The media puts out things before they get all the facts and start all this stuff!! Agree with Katrina Frye Shealy Need to take a chill before they go spouting off at the mouth with-out all the facts!!!!!” one said.
But another cautioned, “We need to think hard when our solutions suggest abolishing the first amendment.”