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02.03.2020 (20 Days Ago)

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Reporting Tradegies
Reporting Tradegies
20 days ago 9 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

 

I think all of our hearts broke when we heard the tragic news about the helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, several of their friends and the pilot. I know, for me, I still tear up when I see pictures of the father and daughter together as well as the other families who were lost that day.

 

 

But there is also another tragedy that occurred on that Sunday. Apparently, TMZ leaked the news of Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s deaths before authorities say they were able to confirm the victims and notify the families. I recall my shock at hearing the chief of police Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles County sheriff, said at a news conference that Sunday afternoon that the authorities had not yet contacted Mr. Bryant’s family before TMZ published its report.

 

 

I understand that with the advent of social media there is pressure on the news media to report the news as quickly as possible. But I cannot imagine how one’s pain would be intensified from hearing about the death of a loved one on social media. Currently, an online petition calls on Fox Television Stations to cancel TMZ in the wake of their actions In response, TMZ claims that as a news organization, they had the obligation to report.

 

 

With a free press can there be parameters on how quickly news outlets report the news? If so what should the parameters be? How fast is too fast?

 

 

 

 

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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 20 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    It merits a discussion.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Fred wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Insensitive scoop!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Nancy_Schess wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I remember having the same reaction. In a circumstance like this, I think that humanity should come first.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Paul_Napolitano wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It’s no longer important for the News to be right or sensitive. It just matters that you are first. That gets the clicks, that generates the revenue. If a trashy news outlet like TMZ gets punished and changes their way of doing things, they will go out of business and some other trashy news outlet will take over. The real trick is changing human behavior to not rubberneck at every human tragedy or political “bombshell”. Good luck with that.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Tough call here. I am all for freedom of the press and journalism. But this did cross the line in my opinion. It will be very hard to push for censorship, a very slippery slope.
    Forcing TMZ to shut it's doors is a but too harsh in my opinion.
     
       
     
     
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  •  VincentPetraro wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I think it is terrible and it has been getting worse since the mid to late 60's. Even before 24 hour cable, former NBC Journalist Bob Teague, in his 1982 book, “Live and Off-Color: News Biz,” he complained that executives’ lust for ratings led them to prefer spectacle over serious news. I remember him saying this in an interview and found the quote in his NY Times Obit.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Tessa_Marquis wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The Society of the Spectacle. Guy Debord. ...1967 y'all!
    "The Society of the Spectacle is many things. It is a critique of capitalism and mass-market culture, the beginning of the Situationist movement and one of the most important philosophical treatises of the 20th Century. The spectacle is the subversion of social relationships with the appearance of those interactions through media and commodities. Society has been subverted by the Spectacle through "the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing." The Society of the Spectacle is a guide to the alienation of modern society, forming the underpinnings of a postmodern culture that is supplanted with images of what once was real."
     
       
     
     
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  •  Tessa_Marquis wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    It is the job of gossip columnists to reveal the gruesome details. The alternative would have been to say "Renowned basketball player and accused rapist dies in helicopter crash" and have all the existing renowned basketball players wives hysterical. #Don'tShootTheMessenger
     
       
     
     
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  •  Flo_Feinberg wrote 19 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Everything has changed... and not for the better!
    The genie is out of the bottle... how do we put it back?
     
       
     
     
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