This is not to say that the individual responsible isn't a nutter, or that media coverage isn't biased (because there are problems with bias) or whatever else.
However, the crucial issue is that that perpetrator is still alive, and is thus subject to legal proceedings.
Legally, broadcasters and journalists are restricted in what they can say, or else they face the prospect of being in contempt of court, and facing jail time. So it's not necessarily that they don't recognise them for what they are. When a terrorist is dead, broadcasters can say whatever, without a filter. When they're still alive, they have to tread carefully.
Long story short, it's not people being soft, or PC: it's often the legal implications of broadcasting.
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