If anyone was unsure whether the news media "play fair" only need look to the reporting of the past few days. A young British socialite named Peaches Geldof died mysteriously and tragically young. There has been no end of news about Peaches even though she is really famous because she was a daughter of musician Bob Geldof, the poverty activist.
At the same time a Jesuit priest, Father Frans van der Lugt, who had devoted his life to working with people in the Syrian city of Homs was shot dead, execution style, for no apparent reason. A New York Times article describes him in this way: