Originally Posted by foxeng
It was the death of a famous person who also had the last name of Kennedy and who was the son of an assassinated president. This is nothing new.
The Kennedy assassination (considered the first major news event of the TV era) itself ran for 3 days wall to wall with no information other than hearsay, and rumors and the assassination of the accused killer himself and the funeral. 9/11 ran 7 days wall to wall with nothing to show but pictures of the pile and replays of the planes flying into the buildings and the collapse of the buildings.
The public expects the news media to be there, whether there is anything or not and to stay with it until the public grows tired and moves on to the next thing. Newspapers did it with extra editions before TV and radio. So if you are to be believed in quite times of news, you have to be all out during times of mayhem and uncertainty. It is what we do. It is how the business works and has for over 175 years.
Print journalism has been ongoing in what is the US for at least 3 centuries. North Carolina would not enter unto Union without an assurance of freedom of the press.
I witnessed 3 days of coverage of a sudden change in the Chief Executive in 1963, Prior to that, coverage of the early space program, presidential press conferences, political conventions.......
coverage of the failed attempt on Ron Reagan was full of information , some good., some questionable, bit it was a serious event. So, also 911, which played out in a lot more places than NYC.
My point was that network news was silly in attempting to equate the events leading to the demise of JFK,jr in the same way. He was only famous for being famous, or, rather, his name being famous.
If that is what it is, let it continue. Local news outlets would not be so silly. WGHP certainly would not. It could not afford to be seen as silly in that way. Freedom of the press means that those in the press who wish silliness can be silly, and those who see them as as silly can ignore them
They are being ignored by millions.