I was surprised, minutes ago, to see the opening lines of ABC’s This Week describe the movie theatre shooting as “the worst mass shooting in U.S. history”. Googling that phrase along with the word “Aurora” brings up as its first hit an ABC News online story whose lede is the following:
So clearly someone high up in the editorial offices of ABC News has decided this is their official line. But I don’t see how this can be remotely justified, with 12 killed here vs. 32 at Virginia Tech. I can only assume they are going by the combined total number of killed and wounded, but is that a reasonable yardstick? I would think this might offend a lot of the friends and family of the VT dead, who would dearly love to have their loved ones back alive, even if seriously injured.