Things I Hate About TV: Blowing news stories out of proportion
Don't get me wrong; it's a sad story. I feel for the families of the men trapped on the mountain. But this doesn't feel like news to me.
Since climbing during any time of the year, much less winter, isn't exactly a risk-free activity, I'd imagine that one or two climbers get trapped on the mountain every year. So why has this incident been the top story on all the local and network news broadcasts for the last five days?
Yes, I know the holiday season is normally a pretty slow time for news. But with the war in Iraq, along with stories about the transition of power in Congress, folks like the president of Iran holding a "Holocaust deniers conference," and the constant threat by North Korea, Iran, and other enemies, there are plenty of stories going on here and abroad to fill two nightly newscasts.
So why are the networks so concerned with the fate of these three men? Are they searching for some feel-good story, hoping that they get scenes of them being rescued off the mountain just in time for Christmas? All it seems like they're doing is digging for something that isn't there, torturing three families in the process.
Maybe it's a big deal because it comes immediately after the story about what happened to James Kim after he and his family also got trapped in the Oregon mountains. But Kim and his family accidentally drove down a road that should have been closed, making the situation more newsworthy than what's happened to these three gentlemen, who went up on the mountain knowing that there was a chance that something bad might happen.
Does anyone else agree that this story, while tragic, shouldn't be getting the attention it's getting? Let me know in the comments.