Aurora, Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes in court, July 23, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) - Some relatives of people killed in the Colorado theater shooting are urging TV news outlets to resist using suspect James Holmes' name and images in their stories. They fear it gives him the infamy he craves, and diminishes the memory of their loved ones.
Two families made that specific point to Anderson Cooper on CNN, who said Tuesday he has largely complied. Some news experts say journalists need to be sensitive but not lose sight of their chief responsibility to inform the public.
Cooper said he didn't use Holmes' name at all during his show Monday, instead using phrases like "suspect" and "accused killer." He also limited the number of times the suspect's picture was shown.
The Associated Press