Jon Benet Ramsey And The Commodification Of Fear

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  1. Frank says:

    Absolutely right. Howard Kurtz backs up your concern about the issue here.

  2. rick swedloff says:

    As more proof of your theory: there is a piece on “This American Life” about a four hour “slow-speed-car-chase.” At the end of the chase, the police had given up, but a local news station continued to follow the car. For the entire chase, the “suspect drove under the speed limit, obeyed all traffic laws, signaled every time he wanted to turn.” Apparently the news station got 400% bump in ratings whenever they covered a car chase.

    If you care to listen: The story is Act I of episode 248, which aired on 10/24/03.