Baltimore Sun public editor Paul Moore reviewed media coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. NBC’s release of details from the “multimedia manifesto” mailed to the network by the media savvy murderer, Seung-Hui Cho, sparked much criticism. Said one Sun reader: “I think it’s a shame that most U.S. newspapers chose to give the Virginia Tech gunman so much space on their front pages.”
Newspapers on Sunday, April 22 finally produced several articles that provided real perspective. Sun reporter Michael Hill concluded that debates on the biggest issues raised after the shootings – gun control, mental health care, privacy requirements, and campus security issues – failed to produce fresh understanding but rather largely reinforced entrenched beliefs. Hill surmised that more stringent controls most likely would not have prevented this event.