Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Virginia Tech killings and TV news coverage
  • Fidelium animæ per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.
  • The BBC for example would have a good newsreader, old-school in the best way with gravitas and objectivity appropriate for just about any story including this one. Rather like a priest celebrating a Requiem, not trying to push your emotions with every word.
  • In the States you get hit in the face with a wet towel: repetitive images, intrusive music... the news as melodrama. Don’t try to force me to feel what you want me to. Good writers let the story tell itself.
  • In old films and video I see that American newsreaders like Walter Cronkite (announcing JFK’s death for example; his subtlety said exactly enough) and John Chancellor were like that (and more recently the Canadian Robert MacNeil, who used to work for the Beeb — saw him recently present a documentary on the history of radical Muslim groups, how Osama bin Laden got started; MacNeil’s ace in person as well).

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