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Cho Seung-Hui Was No Suicide Bomber – Broadcast And Be Damned

by | 20th, April 2007

WAS NBC right to broadcast the video to Virginia Tech killer Cho Seung-Hui ranting and brandishing weapons?

Was the broadcast not giving the deranged killer what he wanted to be noticed and feared. Of course, he was already dead when the videos aired. But will others copycats- be inspired by his message?

Is mental illness and the desire to commit mass murder contagious?

The Times’ Bronwen Maddox says NBC was right to show the tapes.

She asks if NBC resist the scoop “beyond its dreams”? And this is the footage that offers an explanation as to why Cho did it.

Says Maddox:
“Yet NBC, which says it broadcast only after fierce internal debate, and tightly limited the choice and repetition of the material, was surely right to go ahead. People’s shock this week is understandable. But that has brought a tendency to exaggerate the distress or danger of the broadcast, and to dismiss the useful conclusions from seeing it and even the reassurance it gives.

“Cho was clearly mentally ill, not simply a troubled student in a bad patch, or

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