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“That’s what we do”

Posted in Broadcasting and Media by Adam Westbrook on April 20, 2007

“It’s our job to make television that people want to watch, that’s what we do” I heard a CNN producer say today in a heated debate in the gallery about whether the world’s had enough of Virginia Tech.

That certainly has an element of truth to it; whether you agree with the idea or not.

Whatever you think of the on-screen coverage of Monday’s shootings, Sue Turton from Channel 4 News in the UK has some pretty revealing insights into the media’s behaviour off-screen:

Compared to my ultra efficient but ever polite producer, Sarah Corp, her US equivalent were under immense pressure to deliver the student or parent with the most heart-wrenching story as soon as physically possible.

Sadly this manifested itself in abrupt and sometimes aggressive approaches to people who had already been through so much.

It does not make pretty reading.


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  1. tio catire said, on April 20, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    […] NBC were wrong to publish the sick portfolio that was sent to them by the Virginia Tech killer in the midst of his killing spree and the subsequent media syndication of the documents around the globe has created a ghostly image that will haunt all of our nightmares.

    The images and rambling monologue suffused with paranoia have created a chilling lasting portrait of the killer Cho Seung-Hui, that will stain the memory of all who witnessed it for a very long time.

    Does the world need to be haunted by the spectre of this mentally ill individual preparing to kill? Or should we have been protected and not subjected to this?

    Some may argue that we have a choice whether to view the material but the truth is, very often… we don’t! […]

    For more see VT Killings: Has NBC and the media gone too far this time?

  2. barbie said, on April 24, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    its really sad for the cox family

  3. barbie said, on April 24, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    some people kill the innocent teens RIP even though i didn’t know you Love You loadsxx

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