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Thursday, November 15, 2007

When Is It Everybody's Business?

I love news. I have WGN-TV on each morning from 5:30am until 6:00am. Then my son and I watch Mr. Roger's Neighborhood while my wife gets ready for school. Then when they leave the house the news goes back on until 9:00am. I've been watching this news show since 1990 or whenever they started. They inform me and entertain me. They can switch gears from a cheerleading teacher story to a murder story faster than Martha Stewart can turn her nose up to a Swanson frozen chicken pot-pie.

WGN-TV, like all news shows, have to decide what is news. I often wonder what makes a BIG story big? I don't understand why some stories, while tragic, are national stories. Celebrity cases aside, of course.

Yesterday a local man, Drew Peterson, suspected of killing his wife was interviewed on the Today Show about his case. I don't see anybody in Tacoma Washington really being that interested. I remember when the Lacy Peterson case was a national story. I remember thinking why is this important to me? They were not celebrities. They were not rich. They were just your average couple.

I guess if guys like me keep watching they will keep putting up the stuff they think we want to see.

Well, I want more of this.


Scott Ploch said...

Actually the Peterson case is on all the network and Cable news channels. Try changing the channel sometime.

Mark Plocharczyk said...

I know. But why?

Scott Ploch said...

Why? Mysterious disappearance of wife. Mysterious death of previous wife, a novice would've should've ruled it homicide, and his nonchalant attitude.
Is he related to Scott Peterson?
Just think, a murderer right on the tube. Networks love it.

Mark Plocharczyk said...

But, that happens a lot. Why is this case a national story.

Scott Ploch said...

Name another time.

Mark Plocharczyk said...

I can't they don't make the national news.