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Boston coverage overkill

The Boston bombings are definitely a sad event but, only 3 people died, not 3,000 like on 9-11 and it's also not like we lost a beloved public figure like Princess Diana. So I think the round the clock coverage is way too much. There is other news out there.

by Anonymousreply 3104/17/2013

7 people lost their limbs.

by Anonymousreply 104/17/2013

Is that all?

by Anonymousreply 204/17/2013

I was head-shakingly amazed and how fast ABC News gave the entire tragedy the Diane Sawyer treatment.

On Monday night, with the explosion barely three hours old, Sawyer had already put together three long packages about the heroic mothers.. (yes, heroic mothers) of the Boston tragedy as well as one of those pictorials with sad, weepy, sugary pop music playing in the background as images of blood soaked people and screaming men, women and children ran away.

Just completely shameless.

This morning, Chris Cuomo was on CNN Early Start and had a 10-15 minute piece interviewing the old grandma of one of the young ladies who died. He asked such hard hitting questions as 'What did she like to eat?", "What was she like in high school?" etc. etc. The poor old woman, with breathing tubes around her nostrils sitting in her very shabby looking living room answered as best she could. It was also clear she'd had her hair done for the interview.

The media puts this shit together in glossy packages and in the process, exploits and corrupts even the victims themselves.

It's really disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 304/17/2013

And then how much airtime do they devote to things like this? Any at all?

by Anonymousreply 404/17/2013

r5 is the epitome of pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 604/17/2013

You realize you're adding to the overkill by flooding this board with this shit, too, right?

by Anonymousreply 704/17/2013

This is actually when I utilize DL the most because it's the only place I know of where most people keep a clear head about them and don't suffer grief porn and the fools who add to/consume it gladly.

by Anonymousreply 804/17/2013

I agree that the Princess Diana queens are pathetic. Get a life, OP.

by Anonymousreply 904/17/2013

Because comparing Diana to people maimed and killed by terrorism isn't pathetic? r6 is why they hate us.

by Anonymousreply 1004/17/2013

MSNBC was playing some inappropriate, almost upbeat song, over the bombing footage, in and out of breaks. I think it was on The Cycle. Did anyone catch it. I couldn't believe that they did it.

by Anonymousreply 1104/17/2013

There is an abundance of news sources today and they stumble over each other trying to get a story out there even if they don't have any solid news yet. Annoying as hell.

by Anonymousreply 1204/17/2013

I think one reason is the nature of the event. While a marathon may not seem like that big of a deal to you, the fact is that the Boston Marathon is an institution, and iconic athletic event known the world round, and for runners, the pinnacle. Also, the Marathon is always run on Patriot's Day, a huge holiday in the Boston area. The people of Boston take the Marathon and Patriot's Day very seriously, and runners take the Boston Marathon seriously. Think of a bombing Sunday at the Masters. That would get some serious play as well.

by Anonymousreply 1304/17/2013

I wish a bomb would go off on datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 1404/17/2013

Within 45 minutes of the bombing, CNN had their custom "Terror in Boston" graphics and audio bumps.

Bill Maher described this phenomenon quite accurately, I think. He called this "disaster porn."

by Anonymousreply 1504/17/2013

At some point I had to turn off the coverage because I couldn't watch/listen to the bombing for the 1,342nd time in three hours.

by Anonymousreply 1604/17/2013

Thank you r13. I agree.

by Anonymousreply 1704/17/2013

The worst part is a put on ESPN for sports highlights in the morning and it is Boston bombing coverage!

by Anonymousreply 1804/17/2013

But no one complains at the vast overkill of media coverage on reality TV stars or attdntion whores.

It's only when it's not entertaining that bitches complain about the "overkill".

*shakes head*

by Anonymousreply 1904/17/2013

There are two major earthquakes.

by Anonymousreply 2004/17/2013

r19 Grow up.

by Anonymousreply 2104/17/2013

It's true [R21]..and he doesn't need to grow up, so shut up when we look at you we throw up.

by Anonymousreply 2204/17/2013

I also think that it's the Boston connection as well. Alot of people have links to the city either through colleges, living there or growing up there. Also many of the newscasters worked their way up the food chain through Boston. The Marathon attracts people and spectators from all over the world. It would tnen make sense that it would have global coverage. Yes there is overload (I never have to see the first bomb go off again)but for many people the story resonates on an emotional level that transcends it just being another story.

by Anonymousreply 2304/17/2013

I rolled my eyes when Mike Barnicle tried to at like this was similar to 9/11 on Morning Joe this AM. The OKC bombing was treated like an afterthought.

by Anonymousreply 2404/17/2013

It's the first successful terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. It is a big story and it actually is a "breaking" story.

by Anonymousreply 2504/17/2013

This is akin to the Atlanta bombings.

by Anonymousreply 2604/17/2013

I haven't seen even one nanosecond of coverage.

by Anonymousreply 2704/17/2013

Do you people sit slack-jawed in front of a television set all day and night?

You deserve what you get.

"I don't know what you expect staring into your tv set." -- Talking Heads

by Anonymousreply 2804/17/2013

The event fits into the current media narrative of the war on terror. Plus RATINGS, especially since a child was killed and women at home and old retirees make up the audience who watch this shit all day and they don't want to hear about complex issues.

by Anonymousreply 2904/17/2013

Now no one can be surprised with the coverage overkill, can they?

by Anonymousreply 3004/17/2013

Yes, it is similar to the Atlanta bombing but that was before 9/11.

by Anonymousreply 3104/17/2013
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