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Unsolicited Advice: Stop Leading with the Bleeding



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Hey, local TV news, enough with the coverage of grisly car accidents and weeping relatives of the injured and the slain. It’s hardly news anymore that we run into each other with our cars, and the emotional voyeurism that comes with these stories doesn’t help anyone. We grant that, when police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run, there’s a legitimate reason to broadcast the plea to help apprehend the responsible party, but we were particularly horrified by a recent broadcast about a Waipahu hit-and-run that left a woman in critical condition. It doesn’t matter which station broadcast the incident, they all do this. At one point in the story, the TV camera was aimed right at a family on their lānai at the exact moment they learned over the phone that the victim was, in fact, their own loved one. Of course, they did what humans do when faced with such news, they wailed horrible, primal, almost animalistic cries of anguish and grief.

 And then you, local TV news, beamed that out for everyone to see. 

In that moment, you made yourselves, and all of us watching, a little smaller.
 

Sincerely,


 

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