One quick look at today's front pages will confirm the potential pitfalls of covering a terrorist attack. There are some pretty grubby examples on offer. The Daily Express' decision to plaster a photo of Kate Middleton (yep, she's still pregnant) next to the story was staggeringly misjudged.
But the worst example came from the Guardian, which is usually more restrained. Like most newspapers, it ran with an image of one of the alleged assailants, his hands covered in blood, with the headline: "You people will never be safe." He might as well write them a cheque. They did his job for him.
As Sunder Katwala pointed out last night, the decision to extract direct quotes as the top line was a mistake. It was especially damaging given the Guardian's decision to use a large photo for the front page, giving the event an extra injection of importance and relevance. It spreads the message of the terrorists and serves to lionise them in the eyes of men who might consider similar actions.
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