A murderer is getting the nation’s attention today for taking his own life. If he hadn’t been a player in the National Football League, nobody would care.
What makes Aaron Hernandez so important? We love our football stars, even if they’re murderers. We make them important for one and only one reason. They played football.
We should choose better heroes.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories.