The emotions surrounding the murder of five girls at an Amish school in Pennsylvania were still raw Monday when the “CBS Evening News” put on a commentator who blamed such violence on abortion and “expelling God from the school.”
Brian Rohrbough, who lost his son in the 1999 Columbine school massacre in Colorado, made the remarks on the “Free Speech” segment, which for the past month has provided a 90-second platform for pundits, politicians and ordinary people to sound off.
The decision to approach Rohrbough and air his views prompted a storm of criticism, some of it within the ranks of CBS News. Anchor Katie Couric responded on her network blog, saying: “We knew when we decided to put on this segment that a lot of people would disagree with it. We also knew some might even find it repugnant.