It was hard not to be both appalled and fascinated by the media coverage of the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. The omnivorous appetite for copy and spectacle that fuels TV news networks like CNN and MSNBC has pushed the more venerable networks toward similar excess. As a consequence, the tragedy was covered at absurd length. For an entire week the airwaves and headlines were dominated by the futile search for Kennedy’s plane, then its...
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