On airing the Cho video
Posted at 3:57 PM on April 19, 2007 by Bill Wareham (1 Comments)
Lots of discussions going on today about NBC's decision to air the video sent to the network by Virginia Tech killer Sueng-hui Cho, including this one here at NPR's Blog of the Nation and this one at Poynter.org.
An MPR editor raised the issue at our afternoon editorial meeting, asking what we would've done had we been the recipient. Truth is, I'm not entirely sure. I do know there would've been considerable discussion about the merits and risks of airing such sensitive material.
I personally would not air it, but note on the air that if you are interested in hearing it, it is located at these websites. Most people have a computer, or access to a local Library with computers. This way if they don't want to hear or see it, they don't want to, and if they do they can search it out.
Good way of fixing a problem with out every having the problem of liability issues.
Posted by Rachel Wooster | April 21, 2007 6:10 AM