Media have struggled with whether to show on-air Virginia killings, or how much to show
CNN Opinion asked commentators to weigh in on the issue
After two journalists in Virginia were shot dead on air Wednesday, news organizations and other media faced a decision: With dramatic video of a crime available –some of it shot by the killer himself – were they obliged to put it on air and publish it? Some did, in a limited way, others refused altogether and still others splashed images of the shooting on the front page. CNN Opinion invited commentators to weigh in: Should news organizations and other media outlets show images of an on-air killing?
Mel Robbins: We must bear witness
Yes the media should report and show the on-air killings, with a warning so viewers can change the channel if they wish.
The reason for airing it is simple: It is the truth. It is horrible, but it happened. The media should not shield you from it; its job is to report it. It’s your job to choose whether to bear witness or change the channel.