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Subj: Replying anyway . . . National News
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 10:35:37 pm CST
Reply Subj: If cannibalism isn't worthy of national/global news, then what is? (rhetorical) (nt)
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 08:02:59 pm CST

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> > From here.
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> > Police in Texas arrest man eating dead girlfriend
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> > January 7, 2008
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> > Christopher Lee McCuin, 25, from Tyler, Texas in the United States has been arrested after police found him preparing to eat the body parts of his dead girlfriend, Jana Shearer aged 21. He was also charged with stabbing his ex-wife's boyfriend, William Veasley, 42.
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> > According to reports, Shearer's mother was told by McCuin to "look in the garage" where she discovered the mutilated body of her daughter. She then flagged down a police officer on the road.
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> > McCuin called 911 after the mother left the house. According to reports, he told the dispatcher that he was boiling Shearer's body parts and preparing to eat them. When police got to his home, they discovered one of Shearer's ears boiling in a pot, and an unnamed piece of her flesh on the kitchen table, with silverware placed beside it. The rest of her body had several "chunks" missing from it, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph quoting Sheriff J.B. Smith of the Smith County Sheriff's Department.
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> > Police later found out that McCuin had stabbed his ex wife's boyfriend, and also broke into Tyler Custom Openings, a local business, sometime on Friday or Saturday. He stated by going to Shearer's home on Friday January 4 to have a discussion with her, but she was never seen alive again. Between stabbing Veasley, he beat Shearer to death "with a blunt object, multiple times." On Saturday Morning, he arrived at his ex-wife's home and fought with Veasley, stabbing him. He is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
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> > McCuin then broke into the Tyler Custom Openings and then went to his mother's house where he took her to his home to show her what he had done. Although McCuin was inside the house when police arrived, he was able to escape and was chased for a short distance before being caught again.
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> > McCuin is currently being held on a US$2,000,000 bail at Smith County jail.
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Rhetorical question or not, the discussion is worthwhile, I believe.

What happened is tragic for the victim and her family and friends (as is every murder) and of course despicable and gross. But no, it is *not* worth a national news story. It is media sensationalism at its worst.

What *is* worthy of national news, you asked? News that truly effects the whole nation, or at least a much broader group of people. For example (but not limited to):

Medical advances are worth national news stories. So are some scientific advances.

Federal and state politics are worth national news stories (state politics because they *can* portend national trends).

Religious news is worth being a national story, as millions of people can be effected.

Economic news, jobs, inflation, interest rates, how the Federal Reserve actually works.

The state of schools and the overall education system is newsworthy.

Infrastructure news such as the state of the military, and the state of the power grid, and roads and rails and air transportation. Does that make for glamorous or sexy stories? No. Is it legit news because of the effect it has on people's lives. Without a doubt.

A cannibal in Texas is titilation "value" and nothing else.

Some crime stories *are* worth national coverage. The state of the U.S. justice system, for example, and how overburdened it is. The state of prisons. Gang violence that effects hundreds if not thousands of people.

Many *many* international stories (again, including but not limited to all of the above) that get ignored should get (U.S.) national coverage. The economy in China, Japan, or the EU. Because they all effect the U.S. economy. The scientific advances that happen overseas can also effect the U.S. Ditto political elections overseas.

Ok, diatribe over. \:\) And I cut it short. That's my abbreviated response to what IS actually worthy of being a global news story.

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