Alex Teves’ father offered a bold challenge to Anderson Cooper on CNN last night. He challenged CNN, Fox News and every other media outlet to ignore “the coward” and report only that the shooter had been apprehended.
Tom Teves wants us to remember his son and all the other victims instead. He wants us to remember the names of the victims and make them famous instead of the man who killed them. He points out that none of us remember the names of the victims in other massacres, except Gabby Giffords.
Teves uses an analogy to point out how the media may be able to help prevent some of these tragedies. He asked Cooper if he remembered a time when people would bust through barriers to streak or do crazy things on the field at sporting events, because these stunts were shown on TV. When the networks all agreed to stop showing them, they virtually stopped.
Alex Teves’ father is challenging all media outlets to do the same. To agree to stop covering the shooter, to stop showing his face, to stop saying his name, and to stop talking about him. Cooper pointed out that it is well-known in Aurora that the community does not appreciate the attention being aimed at the killer instead of those innocents whose lives were cut short.
Should media outlets band together to prevent his name from living on in history?
Would a total blackout of shooter information help prevent others from committing acts like this? Do you think infamy is part of the appeal to those who commit these sorts of mass murders?
Is there any healing or educational benefit to publicizing the shooter’s name and/or face?