Andy, you’re right that there’s something deeply weird about the media’s instinctive avoidance of the M-word or the T-word and the careless abandon with which they speculate about “post-traumatic stress disorder” even as the emerging facts render it absurd (a three-man conspiracy to commit PTSD?).
I was talking about this on the air with Hugh Hewitt a few moments ago, and Hugh brought up the “Washington sniper” case from seven years ago. In both that case and at Fort Hood, the media seem over-eager to take refuge in the explanation least discomforting to the usual pieties. One can forgive the press not getting the story right in the first hours, but it will be interesting to see how honestly they cover it as the facts emerge. They never quite did in the Muhammad/Malvo case.