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Deborah

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Reverend Meteor

Subj: Re: Replying anyway . . . National News
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 08:27:44 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Replying anyway . . . National News
Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 03:50:44 pm EST

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> Rhetorical question or not, the discussion is worthwhile, I believe.
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> 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.
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> 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):

What about missing people? If god forbid one of your relatives went missing tommorow should that story make the national news or just your local news?



> Medical advances are worth national news stories. So are some scientific advances.
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> Federal and state politics are worth national news stories (state politics because they *can* portend national trends).
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> Religious news is worth being a national story, as millions of people can be effected.

I see your point but the atheist in me cringes at the thought that religious news is more relevant than a person's demise.

> Economic news, jobs, inflation, interest rates, how the Federal Reserve actually works.
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> The state of schools and the overall education system is newsworthy.
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> 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.
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> A cannibal in Texas is titilation "value" and nothing else.

Ok I'm not going to argue that point because it is a valid one (I hate our media here in America). But what right does the media have to NOT air such a story?

If the real journalists don't report on this stuff then the yellow journalists like Fox News or Inside Edition or Hard Copy will report it anyways and their report won't be balanced or well researched.

> 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.

So you think crime should only be reported on the national news if it somehow has a national impact right? (9/11, Virginia Tech Massacre, capital punishment etc)

> 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.
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> 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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> What about missing people? If god forbid one of your relatives went missing tommorow should that story make the national news or just your local news?
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That's a very good example. Somehow, missing people stories are usually on young white women (as I alluded to in other post). The ones focusing on men, or on people of any other color, somehow just don't generate the same interest. Or at least reporters act like they don't. Whether that is cause or effect, who knows?

But to reply to the question, I'd say it depends. If someone is missing and possibly lost, say, in Yosemite National Park, it really doesn't make a whit of difference if that news is splashed all over Maine or not. If a person is missing and presumed kidnapped and could be anywhere, then most certainly *that* latter example warrants nationwide attention.
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> > Religious news is worth being a national story, as millions of people can be effected.
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> I see your point but the atheist in me cringes at the thought that religious news is more relevant than a person's demise.

I know what you mean, but regardless of how a single person feels about religion, it is indeed relevant to millions of people, and what religious leader do affect those people. And how they relate to others (religious or otherwise). That is why it is a valid story.

A person being murdered somewhere in Oregon likely won't even have any impact on Washington State, let alone the east coast. Note, I'm not claiming that the situation isn't awful, or that the person is by any means less important as a person. Nor am I saying their is any justification for what the murderer did. But neither of those make it *news*. Tragic and terrible, yes, but not news.

> > A cannibal in Texas is titilation "value" and nothing else.
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> Ok I'm not going to argue that point because it is a valid one (I hate our media here in America). But what right does the media have to NOT air such a story?

I'm not sure what you mean by that. A right to report a story? You mean, as in the right to inform the public, and the public's right to know? A person was brutally murdered. Horrible, yes. By all means put it in the local paper. I'm simply pointing out that, that very same day across the U.S., hundreds if not thousands of people were murdered. Where are all *those* stories? A murder doesn't qualify as national news.

> If the real journalists don't report on this stuff then the yellow journalists like Fox News or Inside Edition or Hard Copy will report it anyways and their report won't be balanced or well researched.

So? Some people will always scrape the bottom of the barrel. Instead of stooping to that level, "legitimate" news sources should concentrate on stories that are actually news that belongs on the national or global stage.

> So you think crime should only be reported on the national news if it somehow has a national impact right? (9/11, Virginia Tech Massacre, capital punishment etc)
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Basically, yes. *National* news should have a *national* impact.


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