The Brazilian Press Needs To Learn How To Cover Mass Shootings

Since the Columbine school shooting in 1999, the American press is constantly reviewing how to cover mass shootings. Brazil, where only more recently such tragedies started to happen, seems to be still stuck in Columbine.

Author Dave Cullen, who wrote one of the most important books about the Columbine shooting, released another volume in 2018, this time about Parkland. He sees improvement between the two episodes, especially in two instances: during Parkland, the press gave the least attention possible to the shooters and avoided giving simplistic explanations on their motives.

During Columbine, he wrote, newspapers and TVs “trumpeted the narrative of two lonely pariahs, victims of bullying taking revenge. It’s a strong story, but completely fictional, with elements that later would be proven untrue.
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