Oh, the national American media.

Can’t investigate massive electoral fraud.

Can’t investigate the big corporations and their rape of the environment.

But oh, can they air a sensational video made by a mass murderer–thus victimizing the survivors of his massacre and the families of the victims all over again.

No, I won’t post the disgraceful video Cho Seung-Hui made and the mailed while in the middle of his killing spree…but I guess my natural reticence to air something so disgusting and gruesome disqualifies me to be a member of the esteemed Fourth Estate.

The hypocrites are out in force, of course–including Curmudgette on MyLeftWing, whose sensitivity to online threats and real world violence against women apparently doesn’t extend to the pain of the survivors and families of the victims.

(CNN) — Angry students, faculty and loved ones urged the media to focus on the 32 victims of Monday’s shootings on the Virginia Tech campus, not the twisted words and images of the man who gunned them down.

Peter Read, father of victim Mary Read, pleaded for media outlets to stop broadcasting the images that Cho Seung-Hui mailed on the day of the shooting.

“It’s a second assault on us,” he said. “It’s a second assault on our children. Please put the focus back where it belongs: on these wonderful, vibrant, young human beings who were bringing so much to this world.”

“It’s made victims out of many of us a second time,” Virginia Tech professor Richard Shyrock said on CNN amid a plea for the network to reconsider its decision to air the photographs and rambling, angry videos.

The package was mailed after two people were killed at a dormitory early Monday and before Cho entered the university’s Norris Hall and exacted the worst mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history.

NBC broadcast some of the angry images and video clips from the package and other media outlets — including CNN — quickly followed suit.

Doctoral student Ken Stanton, 29, said he resented that Cho was getting airtime while many of the victims, such as his friend, Jeremy Herbstritt, remained anonymous.
“I’m sick of it,” he said. “It’s like you can’t get away from it — every time I walk by a TV, there it is.”

CNN Story

A list of Cho’s victims can be found here.

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