THE BLOG
05/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How the Media is Exploiting Craigslist Killer's Victim Julissa Brisman

Today, maybe even right now, you can turn on the TV and see pictures of Julissa Brisman, shot three times and murdered by the so-called "Craigslist" killer. The pictures of Julissa are not meant to be anodyne. These photos are provocative. They're sexual. And that's why they keep airing the photos on TV.

Please, watch the news today. You will see camera shots lingering on Julissa Brisman's body, before the camera makes its way to her face. Can you please tell me why this part of the story is news?

It's not. It's exploitation. Sex sells, and in this case, although Julissa Brisman died a horrible, horrible death, the media is still selling her sexual image in order to entice viewers.

It's simply wrong. I have no expectation for the tabloid press, but the bigger news outlets should not commit themselves to such exploitation. It's shameful.