Morgan Freeman didn't say it.

A quote attributed to Freeman criticizing the media for its coverage of Friday's mass shootings in Connecticut went viral on the Internet over the weekend.

"Morgan neither made statements nor posted those statements. We are trying to find out who did, but they did not originate from him," the actor's rep told E! News.

This is terrible. If you can't have faith in things randomly posted on the Internet, what's left?

The remark supposedly went like this: "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."

The post continued to scold the media and said people should donate to mental health research "instead of pointing to gun control as the problem."


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