My drive to get information is often fueled by the intensity of public interest.
The Aurora theater shooting case continues to be one of the most read news items on 9NEWS.com, even when mundane court procedural developments are published.
For now the gag order and sealed documents keep much of the significant details about the case secret.
What did the suspect allegedly say and do before the shooting?
But as the famous Streisand effect goes, the more you try to keep something secret, the more interesting it becomes.
The unknown becomes a story in itself. When there is no public official to quote or court document to attribute, reporters cite sources.
Those sources may not have accurate information which is then spread exponentially through other media outlets that may attribute the reporter with the bad source.
Ironically the gag-order, which is designed to limit pre-trial publicity, actually has a negative side-effect of what judges and attorneys don’t want—more publicity.