Sunday, 23 December 2012

Shame on Canadian Press: Remember the victims



A story carried today by the National Post.

MONTREAL — Before 2012, Luka Rocco Magnotta was a little-known, 4-a.m regular at a Montreal diner, where he munched on poutine and guzzled water to rehydrate after performing at a nearby strip joint.
He ends the year as a notorious international figure — an accused killer charged with stomach-turning crimes that set off a global manhunt and horrified people around the world.
Driven by his headline-grabbing spring, Magnotta has been voted Canada’s 2012 Newsmaker of the Year in the annual poll of the country’s newsrooms by The Canadian Press.
The National Post is not a member of The Canadian Press organization and was not involved in the poll.

It is shameful enough that the Canadian Press made this announcement just days after the mass killing in Littletown, Connecticut.

Every forensic psychiatrist quoted on television has noted that most mass killers are not mentally ill, rather, they are in it for the notoriety.

 It's another form of reality television.

Like winning Survivor then blowing your brains out.

So what's wrong with this story?

The victim, Jun Lin. His name is not mentioned anywhere in the story.

Shame on the Canadian Press. And shame on the National Post.

Remember the victims, not the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.

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