I’m not commenting on the shooting in Wisconsin, but on media response to it last night and this morning. CBS Evening News ran details of the shooter, showing his picture and describing his life and the various hate groups to which he belonged. Salon.com features an almost full-page photo of him on their home page.
In my opinion, shooters of this stripe should be left in oblivion. We should not even know their names, should not hear about their backgrounds, and the names of groups to which they belonged should not be so much as mentioned in the media. We are giving them what they want. They want to be noticed. They want their message of hatred to be published, and we are publishing it for them. They are willing to “go out in a blaze of glory” and we should deny them that glory.