Television "journalism" relies on visuals. If you do not have visuals, you cannot tell the story, if you do not have dramatic visuals, your story will likely be spiked by another that does. Violence, explosions,blood, flames, beauty, nudity, war machines, helicopters and jets taking off or landing are good pictures. A guy talking is not. If I have visual of a half dozen naked models blowing up in a helicopter I will lead every newscast, likely in the world. Visuals of Obama saying he is permanently shutting down the Supreme court will trail if it makes the "new" at all.
TV news producers, me for some time, do not make these decisions based on their own need for gore, but ratings...what the viewer demands. Why, frankly I gave up the big $ and went back to lowly radio where you can cover anything because all you need is words.
Any outlet has a lot of power, and most know that. There is seldom publication of this stuff without inner soul searching and sometimes heated debate, often the report knowing he has a career maker will fight too hard and guys like me have to shut them down, or not.
In the end, the question is answered thus. Who must know this and why? Who benefits if we do not? And who suffers if we do, and how much? Once, my camera got a long shot of a First responder at a murder suicide carrying a blood-soaked 2/3 of an infant body which had been shot with a .357 at close range. Great pictures that made even me squeamish and nauseous. We ran it the day of. Then we had to review that, there had been NO complaints, and we pulled it; it did not pass the test. These things happen with all such cases, it was how the warning idea came into being.
The complaints here are purely political. The slithering masses still clinging to the messiah don't like it because, gee, suddenly it does not fit the narrative that Islam is America's best friend, it's the Republicans we have to destroy. It displays the fact Obama is losing, ISIS is more emboldened and now his allies are paying the price. They are nervous we will see the depth of the incompetence in waging war by this Peace Prize president, where one war has become five and he says you are winning.
It isn't the horror they are bitching about, it's the message....he's a screw up and America is losing another war. They have no problem sending us visuals of American bombs taking out 'suspected" terrorist cells in Pakistan nor visuals of night vision snipers taking out non-Islamic sort of Muslim sort of terrorists one by one.
No, they like seeing that kind of death. They don't like seeing anything that shows Obama is an idiot and this does