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Blogosphere debates airing of Cho video

Almost as soon as NBC aired the video sent to it by Virginia Tech killer Sueng-hui Cho the blogosphere was responding. And not everything it was saying was particularly kind to NBC.

At the Webloggin blog the site's editor said that by airing the video Cho had "won."

Don't get me wrong here; I think the video and manifesto are newsworthy. I just think there are perhaps better ways to handle their release. I am opposed to the piecemeal release that NBC is already subjecting us to. It seems to me that NBC will be making this the story as opposed to the tragic and needless death of the innocent victims of Cho.

I truly want to understand what may have triggered the planned methodical killing but I don't want to do anything that would validate his actions. He was clearly mentally ill and the signs were there for many to see.

Not everyone, however, was so quick to condemn NBC's actions. Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing (and a contibutor to NPR's Day to Day) has created a comprehensive package about the video as well as commentary from other blogs about Cho's actions.

Here is a breakdown of what NBC received from Cho, courtesy of The Watcher blog at the Chicago Tribune. The Associated Press also offers an extended version of the video that was shown by MSNBC.