posted on Jul, 29 2004 @ 04:57 AM
We in the media do not generally report on suicides and terror threats....firstly we dont want to give every wacko the idea that he's gonna get onto
tv for doing these things, Also, you may see something on the news at the time a say "mall evac" wasoccuring, but once officialssay it was
nothing, this generaly becomes a low priority.
I have noticed tho that the overall info trail...has become much slower from authorities....we sometimes get info from them from a threat or bomb
scare a week after the event, and usually when they want the publics help finding the person.
there are more nut cases calling in fake threats than you could immagine daily. and as for suicides, they are several a day....covering ALL of these
things would be difficult for any station's staff to get to each day, plus remember,we're tryingnot to perpetuate people doing this behaivor.
I do question the abillity for the media to monitor and access info from authorities...its getting harder and harder to even find out about a traffic
wreck, let alone an officer involved shooting or something big.
Now most TV news places listen in on emergency scanner frequencies, but more and more departments are going to a digital coded system that garbles the
communications....how will the media (or any citizen) then monitor live events concerning pd/fd officials?