For much of my workday today, I was down in Albany's Pastures neighborhood covering the hostage incident. I was particularly impressed by a really snotty female reporter whose nose was up higher in the air than anyone I've ever run across! Oh, well, you know some people think their poop smells like flowers... maybe she was just having an "I'm special" kinda day, like these CBS folks were... aside from all that, I wonder if giving the hostage-taker airtime on TV was the appropraiate thing to do? Actually, I can say NO it is not, and this may likely lead to more criminals requesting airtime. They say the hostage-taker chose YNN because he knew the cable news channel's reach extended statewide. This could be an ad bonanza for Time-Warner, who might plug it like this: "When so-and-do took hostages in downtown Albany, he didn't call dish network! He called YNN!"
The figure at the very center of the photo is Mayor Jerry jennings who arrived on the scene mid-morning to asess the situation. "Our best people are working on this," said he.
But TeeVee stations aren't the only media outlets bending over to accomodate criminals: humanistife.org.uk reports that the British newspaper, The Daily Mail, "cooperates fully with a lonely Islamist crank intent on sowing hatred and social divide, by referring to his efforts at self-publicity as “a nationwide poster campaign” by multiple “fanatics” linked to (but actually nothing to do with) the banned Islam4UK."
Tags: Islam4UK, homegrown terrorism, media helping criminals