Speculating about Adam Lanza's Mind

Friday, December 21, 2012


Once Adam Lanza had been correctly identified as the shooter, speculation quickly turned to why he killed so many. Much of the media raced, as it often does, to explain the tragedy by speculating on Lanza’s psychological state. Particularly bandied about was whether Lanza had been diagnosed with either a personality disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome. Bob talks with the Columbia Journalism Review's Curtis Brainard about the perils of this sort of coverage.



Curtis Brainard

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Comments [2]

Gary Babcock from Oregon city, OR

Excellent reporting on the issue of mental issue's. I appreciate your desire for truth.

Dec. 23 2012 04:02 PM
Chris Knox from Phoenix, Arizona

It's easy to fear people we see as "different" from ourselves. There is no doubt that the Newtown killer is an aberration. He may have had autism, or a personality disorder, or some other form of mental illness that millions of other people live with and through. We have nothing to fear from most people who are a bit "odd" or out of the mainstream. They are our neighbors, co-workers, family, maybe even ourselves. I am also a member of a segment of the population that is often misunderstood, demonized, and feared, especially in the broad media. I am a gun owner. It struck me while listening to this piece how easy it would be to substitute the term "mentally ill" with "gun owner" in this interview. The media's broad brush is a dangerous tool. Good job as usual of pointing out how nuance and detail often gets pushed aside when it doesn't fit the narrative.

Dec. 22 2012 08:29 PM

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