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Subj: Re: Replying anyway . . . National News
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 07:40:46 am CST (Viewed 1 times)
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Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 01:11:13 am CST

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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.

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.

"We get all that" is well and good when, or rather, if it's the case. But the fact is, we all too often DON'T get all that. Taking politics, for example, we get very little solid news, such as where candidates actually stand on issues and what their records are. Instead we get sound bites and posturing and name calling. Now true, some of the fault for that lies with the politicians themselves. But some is the nature of reporting at the moment.

And as to being inundated with news coverage, again yes and no. For every story on the space shuttle, there were five on the astronaut love triangle (sorry, *not* news to the degree it was covered). For every story on congress voting, there were countless on Brittany, Lindsay, or Brad and Angelina.

> Sorry, I'm a firm believer that all serious crimes are worth national coverage.

I'm not. Thousands upon thousands of people (sad to say) are murdered each year. The only reason this one made the news was because of the sensational aspect to it. The woman's death was just as tragic but not more "serious" (if that distinction makes sense in this context) than any of the other murders. But you don't see all the rest in the news. Most of the victims (check statistics on news stories) that get the most coverage are young white women. Because that "plays" better. Same with missing persons.

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