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24 July 2012

Using Tragedies To Further Personal Agendas

Rahm Emanuel famously said "You never want a serious crisis go to waste."  The adherents of that philosophy come out in full force every time a tragedy takes place.  The problem arises when knee-jerk reactions frame the perception of the tragedy.  In the rush to break news the media reports events wildly inaccurately.  In the rush to be seen as a problem solver politicians propose solutions that have unintended consequences.  You can see an example of that in this clip from Armstrong and Getty about the recent Colorado shooting during a movie.

To counter these tendencies ReasonTV has put together 5 rules for coping with tragedies.

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