Would releasing the news on an official channel — even without family notification — help clear up confusion and offer confirmation instead of allowing unconfirmed speculation to fester? And couldn’t it be argued that that would be more respectful of the families?
Phillips Media Training founder Brad Phillips • Discussing the way that some media outlets have failed to wait until a piece of news has been officially confirmed by the police—in some cases before even next of kin has been informed. That’s what happened yesterday when the Wall Street Journal reported on the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman
, Salon notes. (via shortformblog
It would be nice if journalist started acting like journalists and less like fucking assholes.