I think they should but not for any reason immediately involved with this threat. I think the media should make a point of ignoring all stunts which are clearly designed solely to attract media attention.
Why shouldn’t the media ignore them? As consumers of media, do any of us personally really care what those nutjobs are doing? Isn’t media coverage the event might get the only reason we might care?
By paying attention to them in the first place, we’ve created an idiotic feedback loop in which we pay attention to events that are only worthy of attention because we pay attention to them in the first place!
I think that the media has the right and even obligation to ignore events like this because these events occur for no other reason than to generate media coverage. Why does the media have to be the automatic tool for every extremist to disseminate their views? If the media knows it is being intentionally manipulated, why are they compelled to play along?
It is just too bad that the media doesn’t take the same tack with terrorism. The vast majority of terrorist attacks are minor events carried out for no other purpose than to generate media events and publicity for the terrorist. Terrorist experts have pointed out since the ’80s that if we could somehow blackout the reporting on terrorism, the terrorists wouldn’t have a motive to carry out most of their attacks and the attacks would stop
In the case of most extremists of all types, they only gain power when we look at them. It is as if they’re some kind of fey creature from an old Irish folk tale.