The news media has a lot to answer for about coverage of the CT elementary school massacre. That's the take of Matt Lewis, a leading conservative writer, in The Week.
Lewis lays out a bill of particulars against the press. "The media originally reported the wrong name of the alleged shooter. (The suspected killer was Ryan Lanza, they breathlessly reported. Turns out it was actually Ryan's brother, Adam.) Then, some in the media advertised Ryan's Facebook and Twitter page."
"As if those cases of egregiously mistaken identity weren't enough, producers and reporters began trolling Twitter, seeking to proposition friends and relatives of the victims for an interview."
Lewis suggests competitive pressures get the worst of journalists in crisis situations, and that it's time for some tough love.
"I know what you're thinking: Free societies are inherently messy. And what about the First Amendment?" he writes. "I'm not suggesting we completely abolish the media. But perhaps we should curtail it. Isn't it time for some common sense media control?"
Via The Week.