Suzanne Ryan wonders if the media coverage of the beltway sniper is over kill. She ends her column with this quote from journalism professor Ken Bode:
The whole city of Washington is absolutely paralyzed and it’s not because the media overplayed it. It’s because nine people are dead, and the public has an insatiable appetite for information. Our job is to find out the facts and once we know them, tell the public. Our job is not to decide if the public can handle it or if it will compromise the investigation.”
William Powers suggests the press is playing the death card.