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Sun's non-stop coverage of murder outrageous

In the 1960s when I was a beat reporter for a daily newspaper in Virginia and later taught journalism, many would snicker, "if it bleeds, it leads." Yet bleeding leads sold papers, and 40 years ago, even decent publications sometimes indulged.

However, it is astonishing to see in 2012 The Sun for over a solid week headline front page over and over a Morgan State University student's alleged murder and cannibalism of a friend. While gory details are hashed over continuously and delicious new ones slipped in, very few new or for that matter, explanatory, aspects are introduced.

The usual blame spreading is done. (For example, could the university have prevented the...