Last week, in the aftermath of the Omaha mall shootings, an executive of a major news service, asked if he felt any concern about the copy-cat nature of the crime, conceded that while copy-cat was a possibility, there was absolutely no way that coverage of such incidents would be changed. The shooter wanted notoriety, he got it. His picture, the body count, his note all made front page prime time. What if there was a gentleman’s agreement that names, pictures and messages of these domestic terrorists were not made public. What if the converge were limited to “Some nut shot up the mall and killed 8 people and then himself.”.Names might be names later,
I know if it bleeds it leads, but news routinely is edited for good taste, and it is in poor taste to reward shooters with what they want. Practitioners of the First amendment should practice the restraint Practitioners of the Second Amendment do.