Dr. Sanity on terrorists and the press
I think this article by Dr. Sanity is very--sane. She has done some original work here, analyzing the complex interplay between terrorists and the press and comparing it to the suicidal gestures of Borderline patients and the reactions of their enablers in the helping professions.
Terrorists need the press very, very badly; in fact, they could not function without it. Oh, they could kill people, but they couldn't get the word out properly. Unfortunately, as Dr. Sanity rightly points out, the Munich Olympics massacre taught the Palestinians, and all potential terrorists, the important lesson that terrorism pays. It's been paying ever since.
Dr. Sanity also offers some excellent suggestions that the press would do well to adopt to end this symbiotic (or perhaps parasitic) relationship. But I wouldn't advise you to sit on a hot stove till they do.