That's the working title of my speech tonight at the Denver Press Club, 6 pm. I will also be discussing Cassie Bernall.
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Oprah canceled her show about the tenth anniversary of Columbine as it was set to air. The question remains whether the show was canceled due to community outcry, a misguided segment, or both.
(Note: I will focus on media coverage of Columbine; this is the official description):
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Some reporters got it right on the ten-year anniversary of the Columbine shootings. The AP was among the first to signal the coming of the anniversary with a review of three new books.
The New York Times, the paper of record, had a mixed bag when it came to handling the ten-year anniversary of the Columbine shootings.
The lesson on this Columbine anniversary that hits April 20 may not come from the shootings themselves. But rather, how the media has covered the shootings since the ten-year anniversary last year.
The lesson on this Columbine anniversary may not come from the shootings themselves, but rather how the media has covered the shootings since the ten-year anniversary last year.
Media coverage of the ten-year anniversary of Columbine was often uninformed and served to create new myths. Many reporters bought into a new myth that the killers were simply ordinary, popular teens.
Another clear-headed review of the Columbine shootings on the ten-year mark came from Vincent Carroll, the former Rocky Mountain News editorial page editor.
My brain is about to bust with all the apparent parallels to Columbine, Virginia Tech and 9/11, and the startling differences to each as well. But the...
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