Officer-Involved Shooting - Excessive Coverage?

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by wfaa

wfaa.com

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Q:  All four stations are repugnant for rolling for at least 40 minutes with alleged "breaking news" for an officer involved shooting.  The shooting happened in a neighborhood riddled with crime and the suspect/victim has a lengthy criminal record. Why was this news?  Ten to 20 people were related to the victim and the other 150 were rubberneckers.  A vast percentage of the residents there are good people and the rest are rubbish. Drugs, crime and arrests are nothing new for that neighborhood and for the rest of the city to be held hostage with this footage was criminal in and of itself. It wasn't news and did not warrant the extensive coverage it received.  At one point, (WFAA reporter) Jason Whitely said, "many of these people don't even know the victim or what happened.” So why does the rest of the city need to see it? The economy, unbiased political reports, features on positive community efforts and citizens are what we should see, not a crowd of idiots looking for a reason to act stupid.

A:  When a significant portion of a local neighborhood erupts as it did in this situation, that is newsworthy.  You are certainly entitled to your opinion on what occurred even if it doesn’t necessarily mesh with what we reported.

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