I have not turned on my television all week. I am not exaggerating. The only TV I've seen has been in the breakroom at work, where there is a mounted TV set tuned to CNN all day. At 9:15, 11:45, and 2:00, I viewed short snippets of CNN, and all three times, CNN was broadcasting images of the very disturbed young man who murdered 32 people at Virginia Tech on Monday. There were pictures of him aiming a gun at the camera and at his own head.
Based on my tiny time sample, I think that it can be assumed that anyone of any age could probably turn on the TV at any time and encounter these scary, violent images. I think this is horribly inappropriate and disturbing. No one wants their children to see such images, and it doesn't do the rest of us any good, either.
What ever happened to the practice of airing more adult subject matter late at night? Must it be all day?
The other thing that disturbs me about CNN's coverage is that it certainly seems that this young man is getting much more attention than any of the victims, each and every one of whom is a tragic and tremendous loss.