Most of you have heard of the shooting of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and many other people during her political event in Arizona earlier in the month. Updates of the story is plentiful, and most of it (except for Rep. Giffords' amazing recovery so far) has been rather depressing, so I haven't been keen on mentioning it. One thing's been nagging at me, though. Why is it that almost everyone is still calling that psychotic skinhead shot of the gunman Jared Loughner his "mug shot"?
It is NOT the official mug shot! There has been at least 2 court drawings of Loughner released since the shooting, and both of them show him with hair (here's the latest one). Loughner still seems obviously guilty as sin.... so there is really no need to embellish. Misidentifying this strange shot and keeping on repeating the mis-identification is just overkill and will probably prejudice all potential jury members for the upcoming trial. And who does that serve, really?
Another thing that sucks about this is that now Loughner will be a big media draw. What good did he do to deserve the attention? A lot of good folks go around doing good deeds everyday without ever being offered fame. Then people like this dude (or like Timothy McVeigh and Ted Bundy, etc) go and kill a bunch of good people and all of the sudden everyone wants to hear what they have to say. I still remember how disgusted I was that some a media channel even sued the government to broadcast McVeigh's execution live. That jerk killed babies and a bunch of other innocents in search for attention... And news outlet couldn't fall over themselves fast enough to give it to him. What he deserved was to be locked up in isolation without being paid any attention to ever again.