Naming Murderers : Blog Of The Nation Should we name murderers if they're dying -- and killing -- to be named?
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Naming Murderers

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From Virginia Tech to a the mall in Omaha, there's been a slew of killing sprees committed by mentally ill people who claim to want the notoriety. This, of course, puts the media in a funny place — we want to report the news, but by naming the murderers, are we simply giving in to these madmen who want to be famous? Today we're going to talk to the brand-new NPR ombudsman about the tricky issue, as well as a newscaster who opted not to name names on the air. What do you think?