“I don’t do crack, but I think this is probably what it’s like.”
The quote is from Helaine. She said it as I was scrambling to leave the house and drive to work. She was referring to today’s Dallas, TX police chase.
“There should be a channel with only this,” she added.
They are addictive even though they’re entirely predictable. Attention miscreants: If you hear a copter overhead, pull over. You’re done.
I knew what Helaine was talking about because the chase was on the TV in the bedroom as I got dressed. MSNBC’s anchors were quizzing a Texas police dispatcher. They seemed more interested than he was.
It was a “routine traffic stop,” the dispatcher said. In some quarters those words are considered cover for police as they hassle minorities. In any event the driver took off and led police across the Dallas area for a few hours before running through an intersection and getting slammed by a pickup truck.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for a follow-up. When the perp was caught the story ended.
Why is this stuff covered? People watch–that’s the easy answer.
Is it news? That’s a tougher question. MSNBC and others were following it without knowing any off the underlying factors. They were not following a crime or criminal as much as they were following a chase.
In the past I’ve referred to this as soft core porn for newsrooms. My opinion hasn’t changed.