The media should take the high road and not repeat any bully’s ugly words. If a bully is mean enough, he might delight in having his humiliation of others broadcast, his very words repeated over and over. Maybe he wants to instill fear in the whole country. Bad boys always draw supporters. Maybe report on a bully’s tweets only 10 seconds an hour or maybe only 10 seconds a day or 10 seconds a week. But whatever time the tweet warrants, only report—do not quote. The bully might lie awake thinking of good ugly phrases to immortalize.
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