If like me you pick up a paper every morning, you will have seen the heartbreaking and somewhat disturbing pictures, from the shooting that took place in Cumbria yesterday.
Now I find it somewhat dubious that we need to see these graphic pictures in such detail, indeed some newspapers carried a full front page spread of a picture that left little doubt as to what, or even who, was under the blanket. I would illustrate my point with a link, except I realise I would then leave myself open, quite rightly, to being labeled a hypocrite.
Likewise, You can’t have failed to have seen some of the coverage on the television, indeed in the case of the rolling news channels it seems to have reached saturation point, with anyone who might have an opinion being brought in to give “another angle”.
And this is where I start to get angry with the media coverage of tragedies like this.
“What would be going through his mind?”
“Can you make some sense of this for us?”
“How will people be affected by this trauma?”
“How will the victims families be feeling this morning?”
This seems to be bordering on intrusion into the grief that communities suffer after these events.
No one knows for sure what the person responsible for this atrocity was thinking, or what his state of mind would have been at the time, but that doesn’t mean we need to hear the world and his wife’s theories and musings, just for the sake of filling another hour of television or two more pages of a newspaper.
It must be hard enough dealing with the realisation that, by pure chance, a loved one has been gunned down, without listening to someone spout inane rubbish.
So, is it too much to ask that we report the facts of a story and then leave these people to try to get on with their life, however difficult that may be?
Then, if there’s something else to report we can go back to the story again.
Somehow though I fear that’s a forlorn hope.