Thursday, April 19, 2007

NBC is like a jealous girlfriend.

The jealous girlfriend of CNN that is.

So CNN gets an exclusive with Jamal Albarghouti's cell phone video regarding the VA Tech shootings and then NBC is like "OMG what are we going to do?!? We want an exclusive too!"

So they (STUPIDLY) decide to publish some of the rambling manifesto that this Cho character sent to them.

I don't really have a problem with revealing some of the incoherent text that Cho wrote, but showing pictures of him pointing the gun at the camera is RIDICULOUS! Viewed by the wrong person at the wrong time, that could send someone into flashback.

I was nowhere near Virginia, I graduated from college 2 years ago, and seeing those pictures gave me chills.

NBC, if they were a small child, would right about now be going out back to get a switch so their mother (the sensible people of this country) could beat the heck out of them for doing something so stupid and thoughtless.

And now, only now, after families have cancelled various appearances to speak on NBC shows, are they scaling back on what they will and will not show, but the damage is already done.

Even with excessive warnings by various anchors that "what you are about to see is graphic in nature", showing the images (including pictures of the bullets that were most likely used) is a bad decision journalistically and is only motivated by greed.

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