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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Thornton P. Knowles On The Media Coverage Of Celebrity Suicide

At any given moment, thousands of people, perhaps tens of thousands, are contemplating suicide. While the vast majority of these sad folks will not take their own lives, it doesn't help when the media reports a celebrity suicide in gruesome detail. Such reportage undoubtedly encourages some of these poor souls to convert suicidal thoughts into actual self destruction. While news organizations are not known for self-restraint, it would be nice if reporters were a little more responsible in this regard. [Since 1999, according to the CDC, suicide rates in the United States have gone up 30 percent.]

Thornton P. Knowles

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