With all of the acts of kindness, small and large, that seem to have emerged since yesterday, the fact that dozens of reporters and camera people are reportedly filling a residential driveway waiting for a comment from Martin Richard’s father provides the starkest of contrasts. To have the need to ask a parent how he feels about losing his eight-year-old son just so you can fill out a news segment and bring “drama” to an already too dramatic event is the very opposite of kindness. It is selfishness at its most disturbing. As a father, this outrages me. As a human, this outrages me.
If one lesson of Boston — and Sandy Hook and Aurora and 9/11 and and and — is that we can not control evil but can, in fact, control our reaction to it, then the media has a lot to learn.