::wrenching this thread back into the Pit mode::
I, for one, am heartily sick of getting second-by-second coverage of car chases, hostage situations, etc. A simple “Don’t go to the area around 5th and Main”, flashed across the screen, is sufficient. And, in fact, would be more useful. The TV news “reporters” are hired for their ability to use a mirror and blow dryer to the best effect, not for their skill in speaking extemporally. I think that a news flash, and then a special report if needed, would be much more interesting than hearing the reporter interview the victim’s mother, the perp’s father, the guy who was walking his dog somewhere within two miles of the incident, other reporters…
Yes, I realize that this stuff is tragic. But most of us don’t NEED to know anything immediately, except a warning not to go into the scene of the action.
Lynn the Packrat