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How do they sleep at night?

There's one on the Today show right now, but they've been on every news program all week - montages of footage from the earthquake, occasional snippets of reporters being sickeningly overdramatic, and swelling dramatic music in the background like it's Schindler's List. I'm sure it will be submitted with a "for your consideration" subtitle to the Emmy committee, hoping for a nomination in the news & doc category. It serves no purpose but to desensitize people to what's really going on there, the same as it did after the tsunami and Katrina and 9/11. So, why do we (they) continue to reinforce them as being "good journalism" or appropriate?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:29 AM on Jan. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (2)
  • The purpose is to keep it in the front of the American consciousness. We live in the time of the 24 hour news cylce. Continuing to repeat the story and reporting on ongoing conditions is the best way to keep people aware that the situation is not over and the people on the ground still need a lot of help and prayers. If it's still on your mind personally - then change the channel. Some people do need reminders.

    Answer by beckcorc at 8:40 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • People are already desensitized to human suffering.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:13 AM on Jan. 19, 2010

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