bitshare said: I am not surprised by the NY Post front page because they are always a bit TMZish to me. However, I was taken back when I saw the NY Times front page and how they covered his image large on the front page. I thought it was very distasteful.
» We say: Obviously it’s matter of preference, but we actually thought that the NY Times played it the way it should’ve been played. Let’s face it – this photo ranks up there with similar shots of cultural monsters like Charles Manson and the Unabomber, and will be remembered decades from now, unfortunately. As the Times has a paper-of-record role going on, the truth is, that shot is what everyone will be talking about, and none of the other photos on the wires had a tenth of its power. Many other papers gave it similar play. As for the other papers we mentioned, we clearly don’t recommend emulating the NY Post, and the Washington Post felt timid. Either way, it’s fascinating to see, in situations like this one, how different papers handle the same story.
This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were, so we could make you feel better. We don’t understand why this happened. It may not make any difference, but we wish that we could change the heinous events of Saturday. We care very deeply about the victims and their families. We are so very sorry for their loss.Randy and Amy Loughner • In a statement about their son, Jared Lee Loughner, and his role in Saturday’s shooting. We feel the same way they do. We wish we could give them a hug. They probably need one. source (via • follow)
I could be completely wrong here, but I think there is a much harder-core element in American society that doesn’t listen to these pundits, doesn’t care who is president, and has nothing but contempt and hatred for government in general.Henry Rollins • Offering his little piece of insight on the Jared Lee Loughner thang to Vanity Fair readers. Rollins’ argument? He just thinks the pundits on the right are too simple-minded to truly inspire this kind of rage. Sample: “I saw Glenn Beck in action last summer at his Restore Honor Rally. His speech sucked and his audience looked ancient and out-of-shape.” Oh wait, there’s more: “Rush Limbaugh makes money getting simpleminded people to feel good about their intellectually undernourished brain spasms. He’s very good at it, and I scarcely believe a fraction of what he says.” And finally: “Sarah Palin embarrasses herself almost immediately upon opening her mouth to speak or upon moving her fingers to send messages to her dull flock.” Instead, he feels that a guy like Timothy McVeigh didn’t really care who was president when he did what he did. In other news, Henry Rollins is now upmarket enough to write for Vanity Fair. source (via • follow)
They’re in there now … They’re both in there crying. He’s crying and hanging on to me and she’s not even out of bed.Wayne Smith • Regarding his neighbors, Randy and Amy Loughner, whose son Jared is the main suspect in Saturday’s Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Smith, who is not close to the couple, nevertheless has become a rock for the couple, who has a reputation for reclusiveness, since the shooting. Smith (who didn’t even know the family’s last name until Saturday) was the one who broke the news to them. “I said, ‘Guys, I hate to be the one to tell you, but he shot a bunch of people,’” Smith said. He was there for the Loughners, who had lived in the neighborhood since before Jared, 22, was born, in their time of great sorrow. ”We stood right out there and cried for an hour,” he continued. “I’m a softie.” An awful incident all around. source (via • follow)