Play it straight?
“Last night in Las Vegas a lone male murdered 58 people at a music festival, and wounded another 500. Police found the man dead at the scene.” The end. Don’t ignore it, but don’t sensationalise, keep the murderer - along with his motives and associations - anonymous, and don’t speculate.^
Instead I’ve been watching CNN for the last couple of days. Today’s effort to squeeze a bit more juice out of this lemon has been to breathlessly describe clarification of the timeline as “crucial”, as if it makes a damn bit of difference whether Jesus Campos was murdered before or after the murderer opened fire on the folks down below.
As an aside, is it just me, or has CNN become to news what MTV is to music? One doesn’t have any news, and the other doesn’t have any music.
^ I’m not sure whether that should read “a lone male” or “a lone white male”. I think there are valid arguments in both directions.