OK, ESPN, can you get another close up of someone crying? The Boston Marathon trauma whoring is getting past the point of being ridiculous. Yes, I know Boston is near ESPN . Yes, I know the Red Sox won the World Series and it meant more because of Boston Strong. Of course, the Bruins lost to the Hawks, so I guess Jesus isn’t a hockey fan.
I’d assume less than 1% of the population knows who won the Boston Marathon in any year.
No-win situation for the networks. If they don’t mention it, they get accused of being insensitive/not caring. If they do a half-assed job, they get…scooped isn’t the right word, maybe “shown up”? “out-performed”?..something by the competition. If they go over the top with it, they get responses like this thread. (Which is not intended as a criticism of this thread, as I get annoyed with over-coverage too.)
I’ve been criticized for saying that I don’t think the bombing survivors are heroes. They were people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time and lived to tell about it, that’s all. As for their courage, terrible things happen to everyone. Some people cope better, or at least differently, than others.
I mean, how do we know they’re not all smiles for the camera, and will go home tonight and drink themselves into oblivion, like they do every night, that kind of thing?
Bullets =/= Bombs. That’s just how the news industry thinks. A bombing is rare so it gets a lot of coverage. Shootings, on the other hand, are more common and so don’t get the same kind of national push.
On a side note, Boston PD apparently went a little nuts last weekend when a massive video game conference was in town. Cops were not happy about all the cosplayers hiding their faces.
“Fuck the Boston Red Sox. Fuck your dirty beards. Fuck your scrappy-band-of-sailors persona. Fuck your iconic little ballpark. Fuck the big green wall in your outfield. Fuck the people wearing Red Sox hats, particularly pink ones. Fuck your undeserved underdog attitude. Fuck your celebrity fans. Fuck your regular fans. Fuck your riotous celebrations.”
Just once, I would like to hear about the town that totally pisses down its leg following a terrorist action.
“Well Rochester, it looks like this time the terrorists have won. There is no one at this memorial service who didn’t travel here in my motorcade, and I have been informed that the mayor and the entire police force are ‘on vacation.’ I am really disgusted to have to call myself your President.”