Thursday, May 04, 2006

Why, Oh Why?

So the jury comes back with life for Moussaoui and the cable nets spend hours talking about the verdict and showing 911 victims' families talking about it. That's after an hour waiting for the sentencing recommendation where we heard what the news media didn't know. That was Wednesday.

This morning, after the judge formally sentences Moussaoui to life, the cable nets keep showing us 911 victims' families public statements live. Why?

This isn't about whether the victims' families should be hear from, it's a question of why show the news conference live? Most of the speakers are saying the same thing. Some are being coached. Some are reading prepared statements. This is not worth a live shot. The only reason to show this live is to help fill those 24 hours without having to do any real reporting. Or work.