Ryan Lanza might have a case, should be pursue it.
The family of the victims can't because they were exactly harmed by the reporting, even if false.
What about all the personal information that the media is putting in the open about these people?
The information reported was public information. The media might have a responsibility to NOT report the names of Minors who are victims, but
reporting their names or any other public information is not grounds for a lawsuit.
The Media cannot be held accountable unless they knowingly report false news. There's also good faith that they were reporting the news they thought
was accurate with no malice. This doesn't speak to shoddy research/investigation/negligence, though, nor does it speak to the fact should someone be
mistakenly accused or something or reported to have been dead, etc (which is why Ryan L might have a case).
I'm not really sure *why* you think the victims' families should be sued, though, unless because they media put them in the spotlight after this
tragedy, in which instance because of the case they are in the public light. Some of them did cater to the media, which they didn't have to do.
Maybe some of these people just want to be left alone, not everyone wants to be famous (although many do).
If they truly wanted their privacy and grieving, they could do very well by ignoring the media, etc, even if the media hounds them (which they likely
wouldn't, in this case at least), but the media could still report on public info.
From a legal standpoint the media is doing a major disservice to the justice system. The media is also throwing these families under the bus for
Maybe the media are doing a disservice. But that is why there are investigations, of which the media aren't a part. And since the shooter did not
survive, this point is kinds of irrelevant. Of course, the media exploit everything they can to get viewers and rating, it's what they do.
Should they be held accountable? Slippery slope. Who's to say what they can and can't report without consequence? Who decides, the government? What
about freedom of the press? Who decides, the government?
Perhaps the media should simply have some decency, but to criminalize their behavior is a dark path for the First Amendment.
The first amendment is one of the absolutely greatest and most important things we have. Speech and Press go hand in hand.
We must preserve it at all cost, even if the press can be disgusting.