A major news source runs an article on Charles Manson why, after 45 years, are people still fascinated with him on the 45th Anniversary of the August 8/9th murders of his alleged gang.
This article has over a million likes, and 100,000 comments or interactions.
Within the article, it insists that the interest the public has with Charles Manson is based on macabre interests and fear (to say the least).
Do these news outlets understand that the interest in Charles Manson comes from the fact that they choose to run a story every year, on the anniversary of the crimes, as a way to make money? Do they understand that they are the reason Charles Manson is exposed to a new generation of teens when they choose to run stories about him every 60-90 days.
Every time Charles Manson does something in prison (e.g. caught with a cell phone, goes to S.H.U.) they run a story, rehashing the crimes. Every time someone from his former gang goes up for parole, they again run a story on him and once again rehashing the crimes.
Yet they attack the general public for having a morbid curiosity and holding a criminal on the same pedestal as a common celebrity. The sad thing is that the general public is too stupid to realize that they are being force fed this junk, and then being accused of bring the ones perpetuating it.
What is even more criminal is that a lot of these articles publish bunk information and information long proven to be untrue. One of the most common mistakes that these articles make includes listing 5 or even 7 victims when there were in fact 9. So, these articles in no way advocate for the victims since the writers really have no clue who the victims were – generally written as “Sharon Tate and others…” Which, to me, is very disrespectful to all of the victims and very tasteless.
The writer basically wants to write an article on Charles Manson, forgetting the crimes and focusing on his alleged powers and ability to move troops to murder by the glare of an eye. Fantasy. And in the same breath, they will criticize the people who support Manson and anyone with an interest in the case.
And in the end, the article gets a million hits and the advertising blocks make people a lot of money, followed by 10,000 comments such as “Why is this man still alive?” – completely missing the fact that they have been duped into clicking on the story, and triggering a click on the adspace, to write a typical comment. After 45 years, the media is still using Charles Manson for profit.