Thursday, August 31, 2006

Recent commentary: the coverage of John Mark Karr

What did you think of the media coverage of the JonBenet Ramsey suspect's capture?

(published 4-Sep-2006, Appleton Post-Crescent)

Well, there certainly was a lot of it! Within a day, I think, of this cat turning up in IndoChina, the news outlets very quickly reported rumors that he might be grand-standing. He fashioned his own 15 minutes of fame by confessing to this awful crime, but now he'll ooze into the criminal justice system as just another slimy child pornographer. What'll happen now is that Saturday Night Live and The Onion and John Stewart will have their 15 minutes of fun with this weird story. Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Conan O'Brien will do monologs. Then a 60 Minutes episode ... and finally a made-for-TV movie. News becomes entertainment, as usual, when the story is scandalous or incredible enough, and this one sure qualifies. Aw, I don't want to talk about this low life! Gack! I've got to wash my hands, gargle, and get de-loused after writing about this sub-human!

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