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"Breaking News"

Posted on 2006.12.27 at 10:06
Honestly, is there really a need for "Live Coverage of New Developements" when reporting on the death of a famous person? Whether it's Gerald Ford or James Brown, once you've reported that he's gone, this is no longer breaking news. It's broken. Done deal, it's all over with. He was dying. Now he's done. He's dead, and that's all for new developments, unless he's somehow getting deader.

Is it important that the Godfather of Soul died? Yes. is it newsworthy? Of course it is. Likewise the nation's first un-elected President, (of two, thus far, the second being a court appointee) and the man who Pardoned Richard M. Nixon. Their passings are absolutely news. But they aren't breaking news. They're static events, in the past from the moment they happened, and we'll all settle for simple, factual, respectful coverage, in as much depth as you want to give them, without some artificial "Unfolding of events." They aren't unfolding. They're unfolded. You see enough events that actually do unfold, you don't have to pretend they all do.


natertatersmom at 2006-12-27 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, what is it with the "world without end, amen" coverage of such events. I remember rolling my eyes as the damned news covered waiting at the airport for the plane to land that held Ronald Regan's casket.

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-12-27 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! I mean, if the plane crashed on the runway, that would be news. Not because a deceased forer president was in the cargo hold, but because it was a plane crash. And, sure, give it a couple of minutes as a story on the evening news, just like you'd give the crowds around the coffin at the Rotunda as he lies in state. Live coverage of the funeral? Sure. It's a public appearance by many world leaders. But other than that? No. It's not "breaking news."
i_m_b00 at 2006-12-27 17:06 (UTC) (Link)
Well stated.

‘President Ford is now still dead now back our regularly scheduled program’ Now if he got up and asked for a beer now THAT would be news. But being still dead is not news; we don’t make random remarks of others who are still dead.

‘Breaking news President Regan had nothing to say as he is also still dead’
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2006-12-27 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
Or, indeed, for those sad souls, like me, who are old enough to remember the first season of "Saturday Night Live:"

"Our top story tonight: Generalissimo Fransisco Franco is still dead!"
herrbgone at 2007-01-04 01:19 (UTC) (Link)
This just in: He's still dead.

And by comparison, just how much coverage was there of the most recent space shuttle mission to the station? I watched much of it live on NASA TV’s on-line feed. But other than that I didn’t hear much about it on the radio. (Truth be told, I stopped watching TV some time ago.)
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