TV Anchor On Crime: If We Report Only Good News, No One Watches


Leon Harris, former CNN anchor now at WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., was asked in an online chat on why local television news covers crime so much. Said the poster of the first question asked of Harris: “It reeks of sensationalism. I know it’s a story, but it’s not THAT much of a story (the crime rate has been falling for years, a fact hardly ever mentioned by TV newscasts).”

Harris’ response: “This may be the question I am asked the most. the sad facts are that those stories actually happen, AND if we ignore them and only report the GOOD stories, no one watches. The number(s) don’t lie.”

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