I watched the Jessica Lynch interview the other night. Her situation does not need to be hashed out here yet again, though I will say that I agreed with her when she expressed the opinion that her story was overexposed and used:
They used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff. It's wrong.No matter what her opinions are, Ms. Lynch is much more interesting as a real person (judging from the interview) than as a news story or a made-for-TV movie.
But let me tell you what really pissed me off. During this interview, while we are hearing about the death of 11soldiers who were also involved in that ambush, the local ABC affiliate flashed the following message up on the screen: Nude Lynch Photos; New at 11:00.
What the hell were they thinking? I won't go into the story that they were trying to hook viewers in with, but this strikes me as one of the more exploitative uses of Lynch yet. While the national ABC is making a pretty decent attempt at telling Lynch's story in a non-sensational way, they caption her with a nude photo story. Not only that, but they make it sound like they're broadcasting the photos at 11!
I've been offended before by local news, but this is a new low. Or, if it isn't a new low, then there appears to be a lot of room at the bottom of the barrel.Posted by James at November 13, 2003 12:43 PM