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Mounting consumer backlash over the media's airing of substantial portions of Cho Seung-Hui's videotapes has led to a series of escalations as various news organizations seek to win back viewers by making good on their promise that they can stop using the disturbing images "anytime they want to." NBC announced late yesterday that the footage would occupy no more that ten percent of airtime. Fox upped the ante by promising to "severely" limit their usage of the footage.

Now, according to Gawker, CNN has announced that they have decided to ban the usage of the footage entirely. In an internal memo, the edict is spelled out in no uncertain terms: "NO MORE USAGE!!!" That's THREE exclamation points. According to instructions that are attributed to Jon Klein, CNN will show no more images of Cho holding weapons and no more videotapa: "Media Operations is in the process of killing out of the system all vo's and sots with still pictures of Cho holding guns plus all video of him talking."

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