Victims' families urge less usage of Holmes' name

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some relatives of people killed in the Colorado theater shooting are urging TV news outlets to resist using suspect James Holmes' name and images in their stories. They fear it gives him the infamy he craves, and diminishes the memory of their loved ones.

Two families made that specific point to Anderson Cooper on CNN, who said Tuesday he has largely complied. Some news experts say journalists need to be sensitive but not lose sight of their chief responsibility to inform the public.

Cooper said he didn't use Holmes' name at all during his show Monday, instead using phrases like "suspect" and "accused killer." He also limited the number of times the suspect's picture was shown.

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  • by james on Jul 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
    We shouldn't glorify these monsters an plaster their faces all over the news and focus more on the victims and how we can help them an their families. We don't need to know the gruesome details of this monster or how many rounds were fired and just focus on those hurt by this horror story
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      by Anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 at 09:42 AM in reply to james
      Glorify these monsters??? Whos doing that?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    I understand their concerns and they are heartbroken for sure, but media just doesn't work that way. what if they never used the president's name? that would please a whole lot of people but it just isn't going to happen. and I do not mean to equate the loss of their loved ones with silliness of the white house. it is a tragedy for us all--all who have family who live in and love colorado--RIP, the killer/shooter/suspect will rot in hell.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 at 02:45 PM
    So the "idiots" at the AP and this station are still using it. Hey NBC get your act together and stop being dolts.
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