This has been an issue since the beginning, and this article from US Catholic is a good reminder.
“I once heard a bishop explain to confirmation candidates what it means to, in the words of the baptismal liturgy, “reject the glamor of evil and refuse to be mastered by sin.” A white-knuckle flyer himself, he told the story of a colleague who refused to fly for fear of a plane crash, then wondered aloud if his friend, ever tuned in to media coverage of accident scenes, hadn’t allowed that possibility to decide where he went and how. “Rejecting the glamor of evil” meant not letting the vivid image of a fiery crash get in the way of living.
“I thought of the bishop’s insight in the days after the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, as the media produced profile after profile of its perpetrator, James Holmes, while other stories told of his victims and the small acts of heroism that saved this or that person from his murderous intent. From the color of Holmes’ hair and his vacant expression to minute-by-minute reconstructions and 911 calls, the coverage spread across cable networks, newspapers, Facebook, and Twitter. Try as one might, it was hard not to comment on the almost supernatural quality of the evil he perpetrated or become engrossed in the body count.
“Evil of this type is hardly new. The Aurora shooting was followed soon after by an attack on a Sikh temple near Milwaukee. Last year began with the January rampage of Jared Loughner in Tucson, Arizona that killed six and gravely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, while 2007 was marked by the shootings at Virginia Tech that killed 32.
“Though glamor might not be the first word that comes to mind when bullets fly, such crimes are indeed evil at its most mesmerizing, commanding public attention more powerfully than any royal wedding. It’s hard to imagine marrying a prince, after all, but everyone goes to the movies.”