Friday, April 08, 2005

Processing the process of process!

Time magazine delivers 3000 words on how the reporters are handling the death of the pope. Numbing. My favorite:
Everyone was obviously in a race to be first to break the news, which was simultaneously released to dozens of news outlets via an email from Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. As AP's veteran Vatican correspondent Victor Simpson put it, “In a case like this you just don't want to get beat.”
Is there really any value in being first to report the widely expected death of a sickly 84 year old whom the world is watching? Less sarcastically, is there any value in scooping your competitors in the reportage of what amounts to a press release? "We totally scooped those bastards at Fox because their fax machine jammed." Just not really in the spirit of the spirit of scooping the competition...


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