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Knock It Off With the Death Threats

Sunday afternoon, some pretty intense storms rolled through Atlanta. I became alarmed when my phone alert went off, so I turned on Channel 2 news and left it on until the tornado watch was cancelled. I was glad that WSB kept the meteorologist on screen updating local viewers on the progress of the storm. But apparently, golf fans were outraged that coverage of The Masters over on Channel 46 was interrupted. So much so, they even made death threats over Twitter and on calls to the station.

Meteorologist Ella Dorsey Tweeted out this message after the furor erupted:

“To everyone sending me death threats right now: you wouldn’t be saying a damn thing if a tornado was ravaging your home this afternoon. Lives are more important than 5 minutes of golf. I will continue to repeat that if and when we cut into programming to keep people safe.”

I get being upset when your favorite show is interrupted. I personally unleashed a stream of obscenities when my cable went out during a UGA football game (but only to myself, not even to the cable company.) But come on people, IT’S JUST GOLF! PEOPLE DIE IN TORNADOES! I know that The Masters is unique and that Tiger Woods ended up winning on Sunday, but priorities! And even if you would rather be flattened by a tornado than to miss a moment of sports coverage, don’t call the station screaming or send out death threats on Twitter. There is never a situation where threatening someone with death is appropriate or helpful.

And what is it with all of the death threats recently? That seems to have become America’s default setting lately. Representative Ilhan Omar has been getting death threats over her comment that “some people did some things” on 9/11. Look, I’m not about to defend her ignorant comments. She’s making a career out of offensive statements on social media. She deserves every bit of criticism and mockery that she’s received over this. But death threats? Totally uncalled for.

During the Kavanaugh hearings, the judge’s wife and daughter received death threats. So did his accuser Dr. Ford. I don’t care what your opinion of either one of them is, threatening them with death is crossing the line.

Every time there’s an outrage now, the death threats come out. The Covington kids. Politicians, reporters, judges. Even our fearless leader here. Have we truly lost every shred of decency in our society?

There’s a famous quote attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” But apparently, our national motto is now “You have offended me. DIE YOU SCUMBAG!!!!”

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