I was watching the news this morning and saw this human interest story about a horse who had been rescued from frozen waters. It was told in a Twas the Night Before Christmas type manner.
The way it was told seemed somewhat cute in the beginning but seemed to drag into cheesy as the reporter kept on rhyming words. It made me think of Jane Fonda’s character in “The China Syndrome” which was released in 1979.
Kimberly Wells (said character) is sent on assignment to cover the story at the zoo featuring a birthday in honor of a residential tiger (or something like that) and would rather do hard core stories. I don’t personally know any reporters, their dreams or ambitions, or how many indeed would rather do the hard core and investigation than those human interest stories. (If I were a reporter, I would personally like to deliver the human interest over hard core)
Kimberly Wells finds her story at a nuclear power plant. She wants to investigate. As the story moves forward, there seems to be a lot more cover up by the plant CEOs and employees than any investigation that is made. Cover ups only seem to create more questions. Not only does the reporter go to extensive lengths to find the truth, but the opposing side seems to make even greater lengths to keep it covered.
At what cost does the media go to to keeping us informed. And why? There are times when it seems necessary that the reporters continue sticking their noses in where it doesn’t appear to belong. One example is Elliot Gould’s character in “Capricorn I” .. Even after David Doyle’s character fired him, Robert Caulfield worked with even more persistance to uncover a government scandal.
We need those persistent reporters for the most part. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (“All the President’s Men") are two reporters based on those who really did uncover the Watergate Scandal. It was the sandal that led to the resignation of Pres. Richard Nixon.
Some persistence seems rather silly and unnecessary – like Jack McGee chasing the hulk. And the saddest part is that I think there really are reporters like that. 45 min episode here
And I suppose there are some reporters or investigators who may get in the way of police investigation. There are some who are grateful for the updates and there are some who believe that the media is either misinformed or leaving us in the dark about certain things. For the most part I’m grateful for the persistence.