Quotes: If It Bleeds, It Leads
"Anyone got raped and speaks English?!"
— Apparently a true story about a British reporter asking this a group of Belgian tourists after they were taken hostage by rebels in Africa.
"Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is, there's generally more good than bad in the world. Unless you're watching the news, which likes to accentuate the negative
at every turn." Dr. Park Dietz, forensic psychiatrist:
"We've had twenty years of mass murderers, throughout which I have repeatedly told CNN
and our other media, if you don't want to propagate more mass murders, don't start the story with sirens blaring.note
Don't have photographs of the killer.note
Don't make this 24/7 coverage.note
Do everything you can not to make the body count the lead story,note
not to make the killer some kind of Anti-Hero
Do localize this story to the affected community, and make it as boring as possible in every other market. Because every time we have intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week. Charlie Brooker:
In summary, then, not only does bad news always trump good news, but that bad news might itself actually help create more bad news. Which is good news, if you're the news.