Sunday, August 05, 2007

Sensationalism Leads To Stupidity and Death

The word on the street is that the man who stole a sport utility vehicle in Phoenix may be charged with the deaths of the television crews who died covering the event when their helicopters collided. The big debate is whether or not he should be charged with felony murder.

We discussed this event from a Christian perspective in our Sunday school class this morning. It was quite interesting. I can’t help but wonder, – can’t keep from thinking about – the newsmongers themselves. It was a car theft, not a murderer on the run. Was it really news to begin with, enough to warrant having news choppers sending in a live feed? It was a car theft in Phoenix, Arizona! I mean a car being stolen in Bois D’Arc is one thing. That will make the news.

They should have never been there in the first place. It was not news. It was nothing more than ambulance chasing for the purpose of sensationalism. It had nothing to do with news. Those reporters and photographers sacrificed their lives to cover a car theft: tragic and sickening. I am glad that I am no longer in the business.

1 comment:

Sky Girl said...

I am a big believer in personal responsibility. Felony murder has a place, especially as it pertains to innocent bystanders, but the news crews were there of their own volition, and the pilots obviously had their own difficulties. This is a sad story all the way around.