>Broken News

>If you are a regular watcher of New York news, then you know that a crane collapsed (again) on the Upper East Side.

Sadly with one dead and two injured.

That’s the whole story.

So how come the local news channels have gone wall-to-wall with coverage since the accident occurred?

I would understand if it was a story that is continuously developing, but there really can be no further developments. Bloomie has registered his Napoleonic rage, Patterson registered his own measured thoughts, and that should’ve been all until 5 PM.

What has been filling in the time since then?

  • Assorted Upper East Siders saying variations of “I knew this was going to happen” and “It was like an earthquake.”
  • Street closures and bus re-routing information.
  • Reporters repeating the above.

Without a doubt, there is a story here, but it will take days, weeks, and months to really find out what exactly could’ve prevented it.

So why are the newsrooms treading the same water? I have no clue.

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2 comments

  1. Anonymous · May 30, 2008

    >you’re right. and the media is like that everywhere. any time there’s a tragedy (even local ones) the media spends hours upon hours covering the “breaking news” — which really stretches the concept. i mean, what news can possibly be “breaking” all day long? sadly, it’s all just a ratings grab. and, as we all know, the motto of newsrooms is “if it bleeds, it leads.”

  2. Anonymous · May 30, 2008

    >you’re right. and the media is like that everywhere. any time there’s a tragedy (even local ones) the media spends hours upon hours covering the “breaking news” — which really stretches the concept. i mean, what news can possibly be “breaking” all day long? sadly, it’s all just a ratings grab. and, as we all know, the motto of newsrooms is “if it bleeds, it leads.”

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