Opinion: Debate over media coverage of Gabby Petito



Re “Body Found in Wyoming Believed to be Gabrielle Petito” (September 19): Explain to me why I should care about this story. Yes, the loss of life is tragic, but the disappearance of someone who aspired to be a social media influencer is neither national nor newsworthy in San Diego.

One of the national television networks spent 30 seconds more airtime on this tabloid-level story than on the plight of the 20,000 people in Louisiana who have no electricity because of Hurricane Ida August.

Please acknowledge the priorities of this journal and record “sensational” stories in their proper place – publish them online only.

Marc Tracy

A newspaper is not a trade magazine. He publishes a range of stories – big issues, general interest stories and, yes, stories with frightening detail in order to capture a large audience.

Not all stories appeal to all readers. But a bland approach to media coverage would produce a newspaper that looks like a laundromat bulletin board – bicycles for sale, room for rent, piano lessons, etc.

Newspapers regularly carry important news from elsewhere – increased volcanic activity (Canary Islands and Popocatepetl), melting Arctic and Antarctic ice and Saudi Arabia’s continued silence of dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

If that’s not big news, Petito’s story certainly qualifies for publication in the lascivious interests category.

Dale rodebaugh

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