I'm watching the early news today. I also watched the today show, which has break ins for local news.
The big news today is the anticipated execution of Mark Dean Schwab. Schwab is a convicted Child rapist and killer here in Florida. He apparently showed the police the body etc etc, so there is little question to no question of his guilt. He has been living in Prison for 17 years. Apparently Schwab, even seventeen years later has showed no remorse, or made any type of remorseful statement to the family press etc.
I'm rather ambivalent towrds the death penalty. I'm unsure of how I feel about it. In general I am against executing people, but I also really do not like my tax money paying for prisoners to exersise, watch television, etc etc….So my jury is out on the death penalty. In fact, I really don't want to debate it at this point in my life.
What is disturbing to me is the need of the news to plaster across the screen Schwabs last meal request, to discuss the cocktail used to execute prisoners, describe the chambers, etc. This man apparently is quite reprehensible. I'm not sure we need to plaster his face, his acts or his last meal all over the television.
Are we as a society that sensationalist that we need to know these things. I fear all this attention places Schwab at the level of a minor celebrity. What sort of message does that send? To me it's just creepy.