Sunday, January 9, 2011

"All we know right now"

Five words all reporters, TV people and bloggers need to remember when there's a tragedy like Saturday's Tucson shooting.
"All we know right now."
The Other McCain continues his attempts to educate about what to fill the time after the incident.
It's hard for reporters, since there's no press releases instantly being issued. The people who know what's going on are too busy dealing with it to answer questions. There's air time to fill.
So "all we know right now" may be very, very little for a long time. But the facts are all that matter in the long run.
Let the professionals do their jobs. As news consumer, check in on the story, and back out.
For reporters, it may be boring to keep repeating "All we know right now." The audience will not be bored, and will return.
And that's all you need to know right now.

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