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TV News Sensationalism: Everything Is Suspect   Mitch Albom   HOME   > USA   > OPINION       Back in 1949, a little girl in California fell down a well. As diggers tried to save her, a  huge crowd gathered. The rescue attempt, which took several days, was broadcast  nationwide on radio -- and followed anxiously on a new medium called television. Since that moment, kids and danger have been an irresistible lure for broadcasters. Have  you ever noticed how, during "sweeps" months on local TV news, there are suddenly  breathless reports on how the babysitter, bugs, chocolate or hotel beds may be -- and  here's the money phrase -- "harmful to your children." It works every time. So it's no surprise, the biggest and most watched news story in this country was a  runaway helium balloon that, for a while, was thought to contain a 6-year-old boy  named Falcon Heene. TV cameras first caught sight of the balloon Thursday. Within minutes, it seemed, all of  America was watching. The balloon stayed up for two hours, traveling 50 miles,  becoming the airborne equivalent of the O.J. Simpson white Bronco chase, everyone 
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This note was uploaded on 07/21/2011 for the course BUS 10001 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology.

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