ncw98 said** : “Would news agencies, or specifically the people involved in writing a specific article, be committing the sin of detraction by writing an article about something like a murder or robbery, assuming there is no justifiable reason for their actions (i.e. public safety, etc.).”
This ISSUE seems unclearly defined** :**
- A Newspaper (let’s say the New York Times) publishes an Article**;**
- It is about a man who is a Suspect in a Murder investigation**;**
- But, that this is a Sin of Distraction**;** because
- The Murder has NOTHING to do with Public Safety.
If this is what you are claiming as the Scenario for an example of the Sin of Distraction, you are claiming that a Murder Suspect (running around on the Streets) is NOT a Public Safety Issue.
I don’t think this is what you are claiming … but, based upon your Allegations, I would say that the Newspaper (or the Reporter who wrote the Article) is NOT guilty of violating the Sin of Distraction.
And, Second, :"Furthermore, would one be committing the sin of detraction herself if, after reading the article, she revealed its contents to someone who they believed had not yet read the article…?"
People (being People) “need” things to talk about with OTHER People.
A usual Topic for Discussion is what is happening in the News.
So, either EVERYONE in the Human Race is GUILTY of the Sin of Distraction (just for talking about things they Believe are TRUE) … or, it is NOT a Sin of Distraction.
My Opinion is, it is NOT a Sin of Distraction.
But, part of this is based upon your mis-guided example.