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Subj: Re: Replying anyway . . . National News
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 02:11:13 am EST
Reply Subj: Replying anyway . . . National News
Posted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 at 11:35:37 pm EST
> 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
> 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.
And we get enough of that.
> Federal and state politics are worth national news stories (state
> politics because they *can* portend national trends).
And with the current primaries, we get more than enough of that. In fact, there was a report about a week that people felt they were getting burnt out on it.
> Religious news is worth being a national story, as millions of people
> can be effected.
Not really... but if there's something religious that's worthy to report, we get it.
> Economic news, jobs, inflation, interest rates, how the Federal
> Reserve actually works.
Egads, we get too much of that as it is.
> The state of schools and the overall education system is newsworthy.
Enough of that too.
> 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.
We get all of that. Frankly, these days there's virtually no limit on the news we get.
> 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.
Sorry, I'm a firm believer that all serious crimes are worth national coverage.
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