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Virginia TV shootings: Troubling coverage

Virginia TV shootings: Troubling coverage

The Virginia TV shootings story was horrible. The coverage has often been disturbing as well. The journalists' loss was tragic, but the coverage has frequently compounded the anguish. Here are a few lessons of the coverage: In emphasizing the shooter and his mind, some media outlets gave the madman exactly what he craved: hours of attention. It didn’t need to be that way. Once it was learned he had written of his admiration for the Columbine and Virginia Tech mass killers, it was time to shift away from him. His ramblings were described as a manifesto, but that’s too generous for a demented diatribe. Do we need to know the killer had glamour shots of himself on his...

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