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Megyn Kelly: Fort Hood Killer's Name Won't Be Said on My Show

By    |   Thursday, 03 April 2014 11:47 AM

Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly is refusing to utter the suspected Fort Hood shooter's name on her show, saying she doesn't want to glorify mass killers and give them the "infamy they seek."

"Authorities are identifying the shooter," she said on "The Kelly File" Wednesday night, reports Politico.

"If you are interested you can get his name on other shows, like the one that preceded this one and online, but we have decided not to name these mass killers here as a policy here on 'The Kelly File.' Too often it is infamy they seek, and we decline to help."

Kelly's policy does not reflect Fox's. The network identified the suspected shooter by his name, Ivan Lopez, hours earlier. Fellow show host Shepard Smith identified Lopez as the alleged shooter on his own show, which airs an hour before Kelly's. In the hour after Kelly's show, though, talk show host Sean Hannity also avoided using Lopez's name, but he did not explain why.

"The nationality of the shooter, it sounds Hispanic, Latino, but you can look up his name online if you care to know more," Kelly said later on her show.

On Wednesday, military officials said Lopez, an Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness, opened fire at Fort Hood killing four people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide.

Within hours of the attack, investigators started looking into whether the man's combat experience had caused lingering psychological trauma. Fort Hood's senior officer, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, said the gunman had sought help for depression, anxiety and other problems.

Kelly's guests, Texas Republican Reps. John Carter and Michael McCaul, both noted they also would not name Lopez because she did not want his name to be spoken on her show, and they would respect her show's rules.

McCaul, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, though, told Kelly without using Lopez's name that the high body count made him wonder about reports that the shootings were "soldier-on-soldier" violence. At least four people, including the shooter, were killed and 14 were injured.

"But I would say it's very preliminary in this investigation, it's just started, and I would never rule out that possibility" of terrorism," McCaul said, "particularly given the track record and the unfortunate history not only at Fort Hood, but at other military bases."

Naming alleged mass shooters has been a topic of discussion for some time, as victims' families complain that by identifying shooters, focus is taken away from the victims while glorifying murderers. However, many people believe the name of the accused criminal is considered one of the facts and should be reported as part of the news.

But Kelly has long held that perpetrators of violent acts should not be named on news programs, saying last October before she started her show that she did not want to say those persons' names, reports Mediaite.

"I think we should all do it. If they want to find out the names of these people who do this, who shoot up places or take themselves out in a blaze of glory, go look it up online if they need to know the names," she said then.

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Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly is refusing to utter the suspected Fort Hood shooter's name on her show, saying she doesn't want to glorify mass killers and give them the "infamy they seek."
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