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Journalists on gay man’s murder: gossip or analysis?

I’m not sure what to make of this clip. CNN’s Rick Sanchez and L.A. journalist Lisa Bloom discuss the murder of WABC radio news host George Weber. The New York journalist was murdered this past weekend by a man he met through Craigslist.

It seems to me that Sanchez and Bloom veer from the facts to revel in the salaciousness of the story, seemingly appalled by the victim’s behavior to “find companionship.” Ostensibly, the interview is about social media. However, the focus of the discussion seems to be on the victim’s poor judgment and their disbelief that he met his killer on the internet. The tenor of the discussion reveals some homophobia. Would the journalists have been as appalled if the victim and the murderer were straight?

Sanchez: “Are you kidding me? He invited somebody to his house who had a picture of himself holding knives to his throat?”

Bloom: “He didn’t deserve this horrific outcome, but it was terrible judgment on his part.”

If this ain’t reporters simply gossiping, I don’t know what is.

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One Response

  1. Lydia says:

    I think you’re right about the fact that they’re gossiping, but I think they probably would have said similarly boneheaded things if the story had been about a woman who invited a knife-wielding man into her house.

    Now, would the story have been on the air at all had the reporter not been gay… is another question.

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