The Guardian covered the Manchester Arena bombing with care, but questions remain about the timing of US disclosures

Distance breeds indifference. The further we are from a major tragedy and the less intensely our own families and communities feel its shock and reverberations, the higher our threshold for accounts of the suffering and the weaker our sense of restraint in airing details.

Perhaps not a universal or inevitable phenomenon, still I think most people recognise it. Most journalists know it. Their empathy, often strong personally, can wrestle with their professional commitment.

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