Submit Content  |  Subscribe  |  Customer Service  |  Place An Ad 
* Weather * Events * Visitor's Guide * Classifieds * Jobs * Cars * Homes * Apartments * Shopping * Dating


CiN Weekly
Community Press & Recorder
Data Center

John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

Powered by Blogger

Thursday, April 19, 2007

About the Cho Seung-Hui Video

Just a thought about the video manifesto that Cho Seung-Hui sent to NBC....

Because the video was delivered a day late, do we think differently about Cho? It didn't become public until after we had heard so many people describe Cho as a loner who refused to engage with his classmates, teachers and even his roommates. For most of Tuesday and early Wednesday, news reports were filled with people talking about how they tried to get him to participate in class, tried to make conversation with him, etc. One roommate said he didn't know Cho's name until the dorm RA posted his name on the door. So we clearly had a feel that folks tried to reach out to him, but he was very anti-social.

Then comes this video rant with Cho blaming people, saying they made him do this. "You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today." Had this been seen immediately after the murders, we might discount statements made by Va. Tech people about trying to reach out to him as after-the-fact excuses. But now we know they're very believeable, and we can put Cho's statements in context.

I know some of have said we shouldn't see the video, because it gives the killer the publicity he wanted. But I think it gives us amazing insight into Cho, proof that he was as crazy as people said.


at 4/19/2007 1:39 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johh, did you really need to see this video for proof?

Gimmie a break. Most of these 32 victims haven't even been buried, and this guy takes center stage while the victims' stories get pushed to the side.

The only person who wins in this is Don Imus. Remember when it was his outrageous rant being shown over and over again???

What in the world are we doing?????

at 4/19/2007 2:45 PM Blogger Brad said...

Whoever gave the go ahead to air that, at any station, should be fired. The whole news staff at NBC should be fired.

at 4/19/2007 3:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I find it vulgar..OBSCENE this video manifesto was given air play. It is not like the guy is alive and on the run from his rampage.

He is dead. Why extrapolate? He was MENTALLY ILL and sadly, should've been dealt with years ago.

TO show this video is disgusting. I have not watched it except when trying to channel surf for news of even local news as ALL CHANNELS were showing it simultaneously last night at 11pm. *&^%$#@!

I will NOT add to "the ratings" and am shutting off my TV and greatly filtering my news of what I read online.

This encourages the copycat syndrome imo.

The same jerk at NBC that fired Imus (due to Imus' OFFENSIVE REMARKS!?) CHOSE to run this sick freaks video. At first I figured this was a tape found at Cho's home..then I read he MAILED IT IN BETWEEN the two shootings?

The fact the ratings were up on NBC last night giving the killer EXACTLY what he wanted lowers even FURTHER the cesspool that we call "journalism/news."

It's too disgusting for words. And the ante will be was just a few months ago the Amish school shooting and it's also the anniversary of the Oaklahoma bombings and soon, the Columbine shootings.

So focusing on these HORRIFIC crimes FOR DAYS ON END just repeats the pattern down the road.

It all turns my stomach.

Sophia in Fairfield

at 4/19/2007 8:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sophia in Fairfield, do you have a Neilsen diary or box? If not, you're not affecting "the ratings" by turning off your television. Instead, you should criticize what you see rather than what you don't.

at 4/19/2007 8:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOW for something lighter.

Check out these blasts from the past!,%20ky%20[oh]%20%20%20338%20mi.jpg

Here's a wild one:,%20oh%20%20341%20mi.jpg

at 4/20/2007 10:27 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting observation: the fact NBC News had this tape was made public about 4pm.

Channels 9 and 12 both lead their 5pm newscasts with this information. 5 continues with its Top 5 segment, and no immediate mention of the NBC tape.

In Cincinnati: NBC has lower ratings while airing the tape than the ABC World News and CBS Evening News.

Wonder if that's more a product of 5's low ratings leading into the program, or the fact that maybe people really did not want to see this tape?

Post a Comment*

* Our online blogs currently are hosted and operated by a third party, namely, You are now leaving the Cincinnati.Com website and will be linked to's registration page. The site and its associated services are not controlled by Cincinnati.Com and different terms of use and privacy policy will apply to your use of the site and services.

By proceeding and/or registering with you agree and understand that Cincinnati.Com is not responsible for the site you are about to access or for any service you may use while on the site.

<< Home

Jim Borgman
Today at the Forum
Paul Daugherty
Politics Extra
N. Ky. Politics
Pop culture review
Who's News
Roller Derby Diva
CinStages Buzz....
The Foodie Report
Classical music
John Fay's Reds Insider
High school sports
UC Sports
CiN Weekly staff

Site Map:   Cincinnati.Com | |  Enquirer |  CiN Weekly |  CincinnatiUSA
Customer Service:   Search |  Subscribe Now |  Customer Service |  Place An Ad |  Contact Us
Classified Partners:   Jobs: |  Cars: |  Homes: HOMEfinder |  Apartments: |  Shopping:
Copyright © 1996-2005:   Use of this site signifies agreement to terms of service and privacy policy updated 10/05/2005