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January 19, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords case: Jared Lee Loughner indicted in federal court

  • 3 initial federal charges for Loughner; more will likely be coming source

» And in case you’re wondering: Loughner could face the death penalty for the charges, which include attempted assassination of a congresswoman.

20:54 // 3 years ago
January 14, 2011
19:37 // 3 years ago
A Walgreens in Tuscon [sic], Ariz. turned over to police racy photos of gunman Jared Loughner with a Glock and a G-string that were taken to the store to be developed the night before the shooting rampage that left six people dead and 14 wounded. … In the photos he holds the pistol against his crotch and buttocks while wearing a bright red thong, sources told ABC News.
ABC News • Leaving us speechless. source (viafollow)
19:30 // 3 years ago
January 13, 2011
The Jared that I used to know is completely changed from what the world sees him now as. You know, I would never have ever expected him to become what he has.
Jared Lee Loughner’s ex-girlfriend, Kelsey Hawkes • Explaining that when they dated six years ago, her boyfriend wasn’t anything like he is now. Back then, she says he was “very caring, very sweet, a gentle, kind, you know, a little bit quiet. But altogether a pretty great guy.” And in regards to Loughner’s family life, she had this to say: ”From my experience with (his family), they were actually really great. His mom is a very sweet lady … very, very kind … and thoughtful, and her dad — or his dad, sorry, was always very kind to me, as well.” She also noted that Loughner’s father may have kept to himself, but he was actually pretty normal. source (viafollow)
9:58 // 3 years ago
January 12, 2011

On the differing play of Jared Loughner’s insane mugshot

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.

1:08 // 3 years ago
January 11, 2011

How major newspaper editors played Jared Loughner’s mug

  • too hot New York Post editor Col Allen, on blowing the photo out: ”We felt his leering grin and wild eyes revealed something of his mental state. The image conveyed a sense of madness.”
  • too coldWashington Post editor Marcus Brauchli, who chose to stay local over giving the mugshot big play: ”Our community is one of the communities hard hit by this. The photo reflected that.”
  • just rightNew York Times editor Bill Keller, on playing the pic at an effectively large (for them) three columns: “It felt to me like the obvious right choice. This was the picture of the day.” source

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23:51 // 3 years ago
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 (viafollow)
21:00 // 3 years ago

Arizona legislature to Westboro: Don’t picket a kid’s funeral. Ugh.

  • 29-0 the number of votes the bill garnered in the state Senate
  • 58-0 the number of votes the bill garnered in the State House
  • duh Jan Brewer is probably going to sign this emergency bill source
20:16 // 3 years ago
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 (viafollow)
11:04 // 3 years ago