As is now typical of internet media, we can no less than expect that which was once a relatively silent critique become evermore loud and intrusive, more and more offerings of ignorant opinion from the cheap seats.
No greater example than that which was initially reported, and in some ways followed up upon, that which was released from the sister website of my hometown newspaper. Perhaps, and this is My Not So Humble Opinion, even greater was the initial release of info (early morning) and the very words from the Clackamas County Sherrif's Office Deputy on scene. QUOTE: "Initial reports indicated that the man was not well equipped for the conditions."
There is no doubt that media and journalistic sensationalism greatly contribute to the misgivings of others, however, the direct quote from Officer Phillips was given long before SAR reached the scene, the impression taken from other climbers somewhat NEAR the scene (perhaps one who actually rapped down to the deceased) reporting "a large debris field." Of course on scene media being the unrestrained entity it is took the LEOs ball and ran with it. Though the gear issue was never clarified, by day's end we knew that Mr. Cartier was indeed an experienced climber of global experience along with well over 100 ascents of Hood ( his wife states hundreds), that Officer Phillips was later seen removing several pairs of boots from his own mouth.
There is a time to talk and a time to keep it zipped. I hope that Officer Phillips has learned his lesson.