“Increasingly, ‘minimizing harm’ is becoming a quaint concern, a nostalgic vestige of a bygone era in journalism. Now, breaking news is breaking us. We’re cycling through tragedies at lightning speed and without affording ourselves the adequate time to reflect and to grieve. The pursuit of journalistic expediency is eroding our empathy, and readers are left the worse for it.”
—Stacia L. Brown on the rush to tweet first on tragedy, even before family members have been informed, “How breaking news is breaking us: The rush to report Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death,” Slate, Feb. 3, 2014
• Editorial Comment: Hypocrites, not Hippocrates.
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