April 19, 2007

NBC and the VT Broadcast

One could have a thoughtful discussion of NBC's decision to broadcast the media received from the VT murderer -- but then you wouldn't make a good blogger. Hugh Hewitt suggests it might be The Single Worst Editorial Decision In The History Of Broadcast News?

The airing of the pictures and video is obviously a hurtful and destructive act, one that will prime many killing pumps in the years ahead, and one obviously made on the fly by individuals of almost no experience with or curiosity about the deranged mind.

I don't get it. Perhaps my blog brothers will put me right. I see it as a borderline case and I could have applauded restraint and discretion had they decided not to air it. But I cannot get into Hugh's high dudgeon.

Blaming NBC for the "next" shooting makes no more sense than blaming Smith & Wesson, or "society" or racism.

Media and Blogging Posted by John Kranz at April 19, 2007 6:11 PM

Capus and the other heads at NBC debated long and hard over whether to show the video.

WTF was the debate? How high will our ratings go and how much should we charge advertisers??

Was it a debate over doing the morally correct thing versus the morally reprehensible? (We can see which side won that debate,...)

As for me,...F**k NBC!! I used to watch the Today Show over breakfast (my little TV in the kitchen doesn't have cable), but no more!

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at April 19, 2007 8:15 PM

Any reason to not watch The Today Show is a good one, Trek.

The free market guy in me says that if the ratings were going to spike, that proves an interest in seeing it.

Were it a prurient look at the bodies or the murders, it would clearly be wrong. I just don't see what is clearly wrong with broadcasting this guy's "manifesto." I reject the assertion that it will encourage other mass murderers; I think that is a very singular deficiency.

Posted by: jk at April 20, 2007 10:51 AM | What do you think? [2]