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Daily Mississippian: Media Going Too Far in Yale Murder Coverage

September 23, 2009

In a new editorial, The Daily Mississippian decries the coverage of Yale graduate student Annie Le’s murder as vapid and overwhelming.

“Within this past week, Le was the subject of six percent of overall news articles,” Clark was next, at four percent,” the editorial noted. “With these percentages, they ranked second and third in the study’s “biggest newsmakers” ranking after President Barack Obama.”

The paper’s editorial board argued that while the story hit home for the Ole Miss audience, as it affected students directly, there wasn’t an overarching warning or piece of advice people could take away from the coverage to improve their safety.

“Although it is important to be aware of personal safety and it is a particularly newsworthy story, the way to go about bringing a discussion to the table through the national media is not by running stories on a girl whose case has not been advanced, and whose family is undoubtedly suffering.”

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