On-air shooting: Woman ‘couldn’t see the gunman’

30 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?.

How much, if any, of the shocking sights and sounds should newsrooms report when two people are murdered on live television and the video whips around the world on the Web?The chamber of commerce official who was answering questions about her community on live TV in Virginia on Wednesday when gunfire erupted has said she never saw the gunman walk up to the group.The gunman who shot dead two American television journalists during a live broadcast identified with mass murderers and the 9/11 attackers, according to police investigating what turned a disgruntled former employee into a murderer.

To the editor: Television critic Mary McNamara is way off in justifying those who watched the video of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward being killed. He used a body camera to film the attack and uploaded video to social media along with furious comments about his former colleagues at WDBJ TV in Roanoke, Virginia. We don’t need to watch these amazing people being gunned down to remind ourselves that our own reality is “not the totality of human experience.” (“If we watch the Virginia TV shooting is the suspected shooter ‘winning’?,” Aug. 26) People have something macabre inside that can be drawn to this sort of thing as entertainment.

In a statement, it added that a manifesto faxed to ABC News, writings found in his apartment and letters seized from his rental car gave no insight into his final intentions. “Based on careful scrutiny of those writings and evidence seized from his apartment, it is apparent that Flanagan closely identified with individuals who have committed domestic acts of violence and mass murder, as well as the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US,” it said. His first four shots were aimed at Parker and two more were aimed at Ward, Gardner’s husband Tim said on Friday in a telephone interview from the hospital where his wife is recovering. Seeing or hearing disturbing events could leave them too shaken to follow the rest of a story.” Videos of the murders — one from the camera Ward was using and another taken by the killer that he posted on social media — were not put on NPR.org. Their interview subject, Vicki Gardner, is recovering well in hospital after being shot in the back and undergoing surgery to remove her right kidney and a portion of her colon, according to relatives. “Vicki has shown her amazing strength in many ways over the years, and this week’s incident again revealed that strength and her determination,” they said. “After being injured and having witnessed the murders of Alison and Adam, she walked herself to the ambulance and called her husband to let him know what had happened.” Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat governor of Virginia, has promised to press ahead with legislation on background checks for gun buyers, although the Republican-led legislature has previously rejected his gun control efforts. Certainly many if not most of those who have watched videos depicting real murder wished they had not done so, or, as in the case of a journalist doing a job, preferred they had not been required to do so.

How, then, did NPR decide to broadcast — once — the sounds of the shots that killed Parker and Ward, with screams that could be heard in the background? A former reporter at WDBJ, he was fired from the station in 2013 for poor performance and conflicts with co-workers, who said he was always claiming to be the victim. Contrary to McNamara’s suggestion and, perhaps, now more than ever thanks to our beloved Hollywood, one need not view actual violence of almost any type to know what it looks like. Parker’s boyfriend, WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, said Parker went on an assignment with Flanagan when she was an intern and innocently remarked that her friend lived on “Cotton Hill Road”. Knowing the number of people who enjoy watching real murder, regardless of the medium or opportunity, may give us a better idea of whether the barbarians might win again, as they prevailed 75 years ago in bringing a war to the world that resulted in the deaths of more than 60 million people.

The caption under the picture should have been, “Just in case you chose not to watch, here’s a picture you can’t avoid seeing.” Another option: “Note to potential killers: Post a video in the act and have it published right here on our front page — you’ll be famous.” The 50 or so workers have been described as a close-knit group, and they have continued reporting on their colleagues in the face of the tragedy. “There are too many guns in America and there are clearly too many guns in the wrong hands,” the governor said.

Parker’s boyfriend, not yet ready to take a stance on gun laws because he is a journalist, instead remembered the couple’s whitewater kayaking trip just one week ago. “We went past a special place on the river where she turned to me and she said: ‘Chris, this is where I want to get married.

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