Friday, April 20, 2007

Take the photos down too. Please.

Dr. Michael Welner, Forensic Psychiatrist, New York University School of Medicine, on NBC's decision: "The notion of parents and loved ones who contemplate what the last thing somebody that they cared about might have been going through, or the last image that that person might have seen, opening up their computer to see Cho Seung Hui pointing a gun at them is unfathomable, and I’m saying this as someone who has board certification in disaster medicine. I’m saying this as a clinician. You cannot do that to people who have been exposed to an emotional trauma, to essentially stick it in their face...."

It's stunning that the same media people who so eagerly questioned the effectiveness of campus police, of gun laws, of faculty and university healthcare systems -- these people really aren't all that interested in any criticism about their own performance right about now. No. All they want to do is high-five each other over their exclusive then maybe change the subject to Alec Baldwin. So many news channels. Is there a sensible, decent soul among them?

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