I said coverage of the public taking a stand is great. Want to see more of it. But news just on whatever stupidity Westboro did today isn't answering them back in an even louder voice. That only amplifies their own voice. That's what I'm saying. We need more of what you're describing and less of what's commonly being covered in the news.
Have you not thought that giving this group coverage is in fact a very important means of fighting back against them? It's a form of public shaming. The more people are aware of this group and their actions, the more people are disgusted by them and are willing to stand up against them. This kind of coverage serves as a medium by which counter-protests can be organized. Why would you want to shut off a vital part of the fight?
Yes, you may roll your eyes every time another news story about the WBC comes out, but just remember, every time one does, there could be a hundred more people made aware of this group that there wasn't before (and believe me, there are plenty of people who don't know about this group). Of those 100 people, maybe 10 of which will join in the fight against them.
No, I don't want the news to stop. I want even more news about them than there was before. I want more people exposed to the hatred and intolerance of this group. I want more people disgusted by their behaviours and willing to do their part to see that this group's actions are blunted... or possibly even stopped.
By wanting the news about the WBC to stop, you hinder our efforts.
Sorry, I should have been more specific, they ARE classified as a hate group -- in Canada and in the UK, which is why there is a travel ban against the WBC from entering those countries. In the U.S. they are designated as a hate group, but only by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is not a government run group, so their designation doesn't mean much by law.