I'm writing a criticism of the media's coverage of the Charleston shooting, and that the fact that they give front page attention to the shooter, profiles of the shooter etc.


While there may be a public interest in knowing that a mass shooting has taken place and the nature of the attack, it is irresponsible for the media to [something] the shooter by giving them front page attention complete with photos, full names, and biographies.

Martyr is similar to the word I'm looking for, in that a martyr becomes renouned, but of course the media coverage isn't persecution or a killing.

Making a celebrity of also kind of expresses what I mean, but a celebrity doesn't really fit.

Any suggestions?

  • There's glorify, but that implies favourable treatment by the media. So in practice the most common way to express this is to talk about not giving them the oxygen of publicity. Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 1:16

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spotlight (verb) or highlight both have neutral connotations


aggrandize or aggrandise

verb (transitive) to increase the prestige of someone. Collins

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    +1 For effort. But I'm not sure in this case they're giving the killer prestige they're giving them recognition.
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 1:25
  • lionize has the same problem.
    – stevesliva
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 21:34

Exalt may suggest an exagerated coverage of the person involved:

  • To increase the effect or intensity of; (AHD)

hound (verb):

To harass, persecute or pursue relentlessly (one of these verbs may also be suitable?)

She was hounded by the Italian press.


  • That's absolutely not what I'm looking for.
    – dwjohnston
    Commented Jun 23, 2015 at 8:59

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