Stay with me. The peanut processing plant/salmonella story is news. You could die if you eat the wrong brand of peanut butter and crackers. The recently passed legislation is news because it will either ruin or save the country. Depends if you are watching NBC or FOX.
One story that is headlining everywhere is the crazed chimp story. Why? What are the chances that 99 44/100 of us are ever going to bump into a domesticated chimp. You pretty much have to seek out an encounter with a lower primate living as a slacker man-child.
So the minute-by-minute BREAKING NEWS and UPDATES are not really in the interest of public safety or edification. They are driven by entertainment . Sorry, news people, I'm not entertained by the 911 call. I don't really care to hear what Travis' "mom" has to say in recounting the details.
My breaking point came when I visited my favorite local station's website (WKYC.com) and saw splashed at the top of the page - ALERT: Woman mauled by chimp being treated at Cleveland Clinic.
If you work at a modern broadcast news establishment I'd imagine you must be pretty demoralized by now. You probably went to school to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." Now you've been reduced to Bonzo Goes Berserk.
And too think February sweeps were delayed this year.