I was planning to write about the downright horrific journalism displayed by Newsweek this week in their story on Lawrence King, the 15-year old boy who was shot in school by a fellow classmate, but it turns out that Sara Whitman has already done an excellent post on this subject. So I’ll let Sara’s words tell the story:
I am stunned by an article put out by Newsweek, Young, Gay and Murdered. At best, it is poor journalism, at it’s worst, it is a hate crime in itself, paving the way for a “gay panic” defense for the kid who pulled the trigger.
Remember? Larry King was killed? Shot point blank in the head?
Read the article and you’ll be informed that in fact, Larry was the problem. He was always the problem. And while kids are experimenting with sexuality at younger and younger ages overall, being gay is dangerous. Heterosexual play is fine but, “Kids may want to express who they are, but they are playing grown-up without fully knowing what that means.”
What does that mean?