Slate’s Jack Shafer writes “In defense of the Anna Nicole Smith feeding frenzy“:
Perhaps the Smith coverage doesn’t advance democracy in quite the same way gavel-to-gavel C-SPAN telecasts do. But the demand for natural disaster, tragedy, crime, murder coverage, and other “sensational” news has always ranked at the top of reader and viewer preferences. Giving the audience what it wants shouldn’t automatically be considered a crime.
I don’t hear anyone calling it a crime. But this saturation coverage was at least a journalistic misdemeanor.
If Shafer’s piece had run on April 1, I’d have gotten the joke.