I turned on the noon news today on WCVB channel 5 and must say I am not a fan of what they prioritize as news. They had wall-to-wall coverage of the arrest of Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the death of one Odin Lloyd (whose death has been ruled a homicide, but it was not clear exactly what crime Hernandez will be charged with) and his pending arragnment. This coverage started by breaking into programming before noon and continued past the usual 12:30 end time so I had to turn to WMUR channel 9 to see Who Wants to be a Millionaire? There was a lot of watching and waiting with “live team coverage” (helicopters included), but not a lot of actual news on that story.
It’s not like today was a slow news day. Since yesterday’s noon news the President gave a major address on climate policy, the Supreme Court spoke on two highly anticipated marriage equality cases, and the US Senate special election concluded with a victory for Ed Markey. All of these things will have a much greater impact on most of our lives than the arrest of a football player, yet there was I think a 60-second passing report on SCOTUS and nothing at all about the Senate race or the President’s speech. There was also the standard 5-minute weather report. Does anyone know if other stations similarly prioritized their coverage? It seems the Hernandez story is the one to get the passing reference or update. Maybe channel 5 could schedule a special edition of Patriots All Access for those who are really interested. However, news IMO is supposed to be about things that actually matter.