Truly a mature way to handle things...fight violence with more violence. :roll:
To answer your first question, the media reports this because this kind of news sells copy. That's it.
And no, I'm not saying that's the media is blameless either.
It doesn't seem much, to stir a man's soul. Just a moth eaten rag on a worm eaten pole. But 'tis the deeds that were done 'neath this moth eaten rag, when the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag.
CUM CATAPULTAE PROSCRIPTAE ERUNT TUM SOLI PROSCRIPT CATAPULTAS HABEBUNT