And now, after another mass shooting, we have another instant celebrity whose history and opinions will be discussed, analyzed, and in some cases actually taken seriously. At one point this afternoon, the two top stories on cnn.com were about the guy who shot up the Sikh temple and the guy who killed six people and injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson last year, complete with photos of both men’s vacantly grinning stares –one already very familiar to us, the other soon to be.
Cnn.com missed out on the trifecta, by not including a story about the guy who shot up the Colorado movie theatre last month.
If it’s absolutely vital that we learn about these men, would the Journalism World be irrevocably harmed if we did without the photos, and possibly without the names themselves? Wade P, Jared L and James H would surely suffice, wouldn’t they? The media is perfectly capable of reporting on rape cases without revealing names and photos, after all: when most of the media bought into the phony Duke University Lacrosse Team “rape” case a few years ago, they certainly had no problem reporting every detail of every false claim without ever mentioning Crystal Gail Mangum’s name.
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