Why is the Media Using Red Lake Killer’s Old Pictures?

Bill the PunditGuy has a montage of photographs of Jeff Weise, who murdered ten people at Red Lake High School. He observes that the press seems to always show pictures of him as a kid rather than the much more menacing pictures of him at his current age and wonders why.

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  1. Brian J. says:

    Because it’s the guns’ fault for turning this sweet, baby-faced cherub into a killing machine.

  2. Kappiy says:

    Bill’s critique would be more compelling if he actually said which news outlets posted which pictures.

    Of the two papers that I read each morning, the New York Times had a picture taken in the last year and the Financial Times didn’t even cover the story since–while a tragedy–an event of minimal importance within the grand scheme of public policy.

  3. Brian says:

    Same reason they always seem to have to dig up someone who will say what a nice, “normal” guy the lunatic was.