Material from killer should not have aired
Releasing video was disrespectful to the victims and families


By Siva Vaidhyanathan
MSNBC contributor
Updated: 8:54 p.m. ET April 19, 2007

On Wednesday NBC News chose to air portions of video, photographs and documents sent to Rockefeller Plaza by Cho Seung-Hui in the hours between his initial dorm-room shootings and the subsequent classroom massacre at Virginia Tech on Monday.

While introducing the package on Wednesday night, anchor Brian Williams was careful to emphasize that NBC News had agonized over the decision to air portions of the video and select photographs. He seemed sincere about the concerns that NBC would be sensationalizing the moment.

“We know we are in effect airing the words of a murderer tonight,” Williams said as he introduced reporter Pete Williams.

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