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Mike Cohen
Television Coverage of Disasters
on Dec 16, 2012 at 9:50:49 pm

Here in CT and indeed the world we are reeling from a school massacre. The 24/7 news machine has sent nearly every known reporter to a small town about 20 minutes from where I sit. One of Obama's choppers buzzed overhead a few minutes ago.

Oh sure I have other things to do besides watch tv but watching Wolff Blitzer and Erin Burnett babble for hours on end is quite sad. Tell us the facts once an hour not every five minutes.

But CNN lives for this stuff. Hurricane Sandy a few weeks ago had the same effect.

Yes we need information but regurgitating the same limited information endlessly and looping limited b-roll endlessly just emphasizes the bad facts that we already know. The facts in and of themselves are bad enough.

Mike Cohen


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Mark Suszko
Re: Television Coverage of Disasters
on Dec 17, 2012 at 12:45:18 am

They are mining a nation's misery for advertising dollars.


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Scott Roberts
Re: Television Coverage of Disasters
on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:22:50 pm

Terrible tragedy. And the news networks are indeed milking it for advertising dollars. Interviewing children for emotional responses was the lowest of the low.


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Stephen Smith
Re: Television Coverage of Disasters
on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:59:25 pm

Sounds like you need to re-watch Tomorrow Never Dies.

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