CNN and Slate are both putting up the name of the coward who walked through a Connecticut school, murdering children. They're linking to his Facebook page. They're putting up his picture.
And they do this because they know that people will wonder what the face of such a monster looks like.
I'll tell you what he looks like: he looks like you and me. He just lost his grasp on humanity, and turned evil.
I beg you, friends: don't go look.
Every time someone clicks to go to these sites, then the vultures who linked to the stories, with Tweets and stories and teasers of his name and what he did-- they feel validated. The end justifies the means. Their job is to get people to come to their site. They did it. Good job!
Ever think of the cost, though?
It would be an unusual reader here who didn't know the names of the murderers at Columbine. In the months that followed that massacre, the names and pictures of K. and H. were splashed across the media like so much blood. That's notoriety. To a demented mind considering going out in a blaze of... something... that's star power, right there. Who remembers the names of the victims, though?
Enough of this. End this.
Condemn those who spread the names of the murderers for the salacious sake of "news." Don't visit the sites with these stories. Refuse to breathe their names on your blog, or in public.
Stop feeding the monsters.