By now, I’m sure everyone knows about the terrible shootings in Tucson that occurred on Saturday. Much, perhaps too much, has been written about the reasons and motivations behind the shooting and also how those speculations are misguided. [For a good analysis, please check Charles Krauthammer's 1/12/11 column in the Washington Post here.]
My criticism of the news coverage is regarding something that I haven’t seen discussed. Why do we need to see the photo of the killer? As far as I’m concerned, the best way to handle this is to completely block any reference to his image and his name. We can easily find his name if we need to know it, but why have the name and the image of this murderer constantly before us? Why reward him with fame?