03 June 2010
The lure of the media
Just about every newspaper has called on a psychiatrist or a psychologist to explain yesterday's events in Cumbria. The BBC is just as bad; I have just heard some clown on The World at One pontificating about the killer's state of mind. None of these guys has interviewed the subject of their diagnoses. Is it possible to analyse the state of mind of a subject on the basis of television and newspaper reports? Of course not. But that does prevent these idiots from leaping to broadcast conclusions? Of course not.