Saturday, October 3, 2015

UCC shooting stories quoting me: Esquire, BBC, Oregonian, etc

I worked with several print journalists Friday, who quoted me in their stories about the tragic UCC shooting in Oregon:

The Oregonian: Oregon school shooting: 3 things Roseburg community (and media) can learn from Columbine

BBC: Oregon shooting: The mass killing 'contagion effect'

NPR: #MemeOfTheWeek: That Article From The Onion About Mass Shootings.

Washington Post: School shooters targeting Christians is not a new claim. (I've delinked this one, because it kind of reinforces several myths. And the long quote from me which sounds like it's about Columbine is actually referring to UCC.)

And in Esquire, Charles Pierce cited my CNN appearance Thursday, and had really nice things to say about what I've been saying and writing in his very smart piece: Republicans Are Using Fear and Guns to Keep Us 'Safe.' It's Killing Us.

I think there should be a really good one coming from NPR, but I don't see it yet. I'll try to add it, but I'm on a flight to Chicago for my sister's baby shower. (SO happy to get out of here, and leave murders behind for a bit.) (Update: added it. And it's really interesting.)

Choice bit from The Oregonian piece: "The best way to support people who experienced the attack is to give them space and time."

And here's my New Republic piece from Thursday night:  A Skeptic's Guide to Media Coverage of Mass Shootings. (Cheat sheet to the right.)

And the wonderful "Haunted by Columbine" video was released this week by RetroReport and New York Times. (I appear throughout.)

You can find links to all my recent (and archive) magazine/web piece here.

I don't know if the TV shows I did will post the segments. I will try to get them, but you can try searching. I did AC360 Thursday and Friday, CBC's nightly news show Friday, and a breaking news segment on MSNBC Thursday.

And very soon, I hope (and pray) to be back off the murder beat again for awhile. This tragedy has worn on me quickly. Note this picture from Anderson Cooper 360 this (Friday) evening. One of these people is not doing well. I knew I felt that way inside. I had no idea I'd been wearing it on my face like that. Time to step back.

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