Of course they do for ratings and the news media holds that as he all mighty. My point is really that no one should wonder why this type of violence continues to increase after seeing the way this situation is being handed by news outlets. I dont think for one moment that martyr status was only a small portion of the motive. This is the same as terrorism only in that it involves the ideas and beliefs of one person and not a group. As in terrorism public impact is the main motive.
Cho Seung-Hui stated over and over again he would be dead when this was aired, so it is us the public that have fulfilled his last wish. I wonder if any of the victims last wishes may ever be fulfilled.
I think giving people like this this type of media-coverage is a very very small contributing factor to these types of events. It will take years to separate the facts of this case from the media misinformation. But, when it is done, I think some of the more important underlying themes will be some deep societal problems that exist that breed this type of hatred and then allow someone with a checkered past like this to slip through the 'system'. And while my gun-toating brethren will shudder when I say this- why does a dude like this have easy, legal access to handguns?