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Letter to the editor - journalism is bad publicity.” He...

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Iowa State Daily “Feedback” On April 16, 2007, the world was shocked by the massacre of 32 Virginia Tech students by gunman Seung-Hui Cho. On April 18, 2007, NBC released videos and pictures to the public sent to their studio by Cho. Was this a good decision? Absolutely not. For the families and friends of the 32 victims, it was too soon. Their grieving had only just begun and to repeatedly see the face of the killer who murdered their loved ones on the news made it that much more difficult. Releasing the videos and pictures was insensitive to the families, focusing most of the attention to the killer instead of the victims. In addition, making these forms of media public was giving Cho what he wanted. He sent the videos into NBC because he wanted the world to know what he did and why. By airing the videos, NBC was fulfilling the final wishes of a murderer. NBC president Steve Capus attempted to defend the network by publicly stating on MSNBC.com that the airing of the tapes was “good journalism” and that “sometimes good
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Unformatted text preview: journalism is bad publicity.” He goes on to talk about giving viewers the opportunity to enter into the mind of a killer. Is this really what the victims’ families need right now? They do not need or want to hear the voice of the man who murdered their loved ones. Tony Sherman, father of Leslie Sherman (killed in the shootings), told Oprah, “I want this period of time, at least for right now, to focus on my daughter, her achievements, and all the other kids. I just don’t want focus on this one sick individual that did this.” The release of Cho’s tapes and pictures was definitely done too soon. Two days after such a horrific event is not enough time for families to cope with their losses. If anything, the release should have been postponed for the time being until things settle down and families have grieved the loss of loved ones. Freshman Chemical Engineering...
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