The Capitol Gazette, In Their Own Words

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Dark Matter says:

    I see we’re still putting the killer’s photo on the front page and doing an in depth of him. Maybe we’ll shift from schools to newsrooms and then have enough shot up that the media will finally realize they’re fueling this.

    And yes, I know, this ass**** had a specific grudge so he might not have been seeking fame.Report

    • Maribou in reply to Dark Matter says:

      @dark-matter What? They literally left the front page blank except for an in memoriam and the linked article has the victim’s pictures on it, not the killer’s….

      Or are you talking about something else?

      ETA: My mistake, If you click through to the full page spread, the killer is in the photo (I think?) and they do reference him. Still I think this is about 600X less killer-centered than the coverage I’ve seen in the past.Report

      • pillsy in reply to Maribou says:

        Other sites and outlets seem to be following suit, and there appears to be a bit of a trend.

        I hope they stick with it, and I hope it helps. (And even if it doesn’t, I think it’s proper to give these guys much less attention.)Report

      • Dark Matter in reply to Maribou says:

        I saw two sites which had his full picture, name and agenda and it looked a LOT like same-old same-old, at least at first. Drudge has removed him… but the top of google news (not selecting for anything) is the following:

        Capital Gazette shooting: Gunman barricaded back door in ‘coordinated attack,’ prosecutor says
        The gunman who slaughtered five people with a shotgun at an Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper office did so as part of a “coordinated attack” that included …

        Witness describes shooting at Annapolis newspaper
        CBS Evening News

        What we know about the Capital Gazette shooting suspect
        The alleged gunman accused of fatally shooting five people inside a Maryland newsroom may have been nursing a longstanding grudge against the newspaper …
        ABC News

        Video shows Capital Gazette shooting suspect being arrested
        FOX 5 has obtained video showing the suspect in the Capital Gazette shooting being taken into custody following the deadly rampage Thursday afternoon.
        FOX 5 DC
        3 hours ago

        Maryland shooting survivor recounts hearing the shooting
        Maryland shooting survivor Bethany Clasing recounts the shooting at a building housing Capital Gazette in Annapolis Maryland. Clasing says, ‘I heard two …

        Edit: And yes, there’s pictures and so forth. If he were alive he’d be getting marriage proposals pretty soon.Report

    • Speaking only for me, since I posted this, I wasn’t going to post his name or picture, thus went with the editorial page instead of the front page. It’s deep enough in the links if people really want it. It seems a trend is developing to not name and show these folks, at least until they are in custody or in a courtroom setting or the like. Obviously this specific case seems to be a long held individual grudge, but as a general rule I do not plan on using name or picture of shooters in a manner that could be construed as making them the focus. Again, just me, others are free to act/feel differently.Report

      • Dark Matter in reply to Andrew Donaldson says:

        as a general rule I do not plan on using name or picture of shooters in a manner that could be construed as making them the focus.

        Thank you, and well done.

        Again, just me, others are free to act/feel differently.

        I suspect we’ll have to have a dozen more newsrooms shot up before the media understands they’re part of the problem.

        Edit: And to be clear, I was annoyed at his coverage long before you created this site’s post. I wasn’t talking about you specifically.Report

  2. In case anyone else was wondering, Rob Hiaasen was Carl’s brother.Report