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Morgan Freeman's Statement On Newtown Tragedy a Hoax

Morgan with his thinking cat on?
Claim- A letter purportedly by actor Morgan Freeman lambasting the media for their sensationalist coverage of the Newtown tragedy has been making it's rounds on social media sites recently, already shared by millions on Facebook as well as other social media sites around the world. The letter is worded as follows; 

Morgan Freeman's brilliant take on  what happened yesterday. "You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.".. a quote by Morgan Freeman.

Verdict- False  To some people, it may sound like something Mr. Freeman would say, and undoubtedly you probably even read that in his voice. There's just one problem. It was never written nor endorsed by Morgan Freeman. According to his publicist Stan Rosenfield its a "Bizarre Hoax."

So who started it? According to several Reddit users, a person called "Mark" from Vancouver B.C. originally wrote it on his Facebook page, and later joked that someone would likely attribute his post to "Morgan Freeman or Betty White" and it would then go viral.

 It looks like he may have been right.



Sources/More Reading
Morgan Freeman's Newtown "Statement" a Hoax (inquistr.com)
Newtown School Shooting: Morgan Freeman Says Statement a Hoax (thewrap.com)
Millions Share Fake Morgan Freeman Quote (theverge.com)
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