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?




2 Responses to “Tucson”

  1. Doug Beecher Says:

    I agree! I’m not kidding when I think we should avoid showing his picture showing his horrible countenance and he should just be referred to as … he who must not be named. I believe fame was part of his motive, he must not be rewarded in any way!

  2. CALIFORNIA GIRL :o) Says:

    I have been wondering the same thing. There is absolutely no reason to mention his name or put his picture on t.v. or in the newspapers. It must be horrible for the victims families to see his face on the news.

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