Stop Toying With My Emotions
From Greg Byron's essay, "TV News: What Local Stations Don't Want You to Know":
"Tearful parts of an interview are always the chosen sound-bites. Reporters want to capture emotions so badly, they completely forget any notion of allowing privacy or personal dignity to grieving victims or their families" (Byron).
I have to say that reading this article was an eye-opening experience for me. I'm generally a pretty trusting person but when I read this particular statement I felt a little betrayed. When bad things happen the last thing you need is someone egging you on, reminding you of the worst day of your life through constant questioning. It is especially upsetting that a lot of this questioning is presumably aimed at drawing forth an emotional response from you. In this case, one man's grief is the reporter's glory. If they can somehow tap into that emotion it makes them look good, and, in turn, makes them happy. The fact that someone can be made happy by your suffering is really an unsettling one. The person who had the major issue needs some time to recover, think things over and assess the damages. They really do not need to be having microphones shoved in their faces asking them the obvious question "How are you feeling?" I think if someone asked me that question when I had a truly bad day and they knew it I would have to resort to violence. Ok...maybe not. I'm all talk but I would at least have to give them the death-stare before giving my sarcastic response of "Absolutely fabulous. How nice of you to ask."