When a man jumped the White House fence on August 2nd and was taken down by the Secret Service, John Kings program was already broadcasting live from the location. King commented:
Now you see, if you are ever thinking about this, the inevitable result if you hop that fence. … One of the things we dont like to do is give too much coverage to this if it is a political stunt, it would encourage somebody else to do it. So were going to turn away from this for now and come back to our coverage. … You never know what happens if you come down here. But the Secret Service, as always, performing quickly and admirably to bring it to a close.
He later told Don Lemon:
We usually dont give these things any coverage, Don, because political stunts can happen, people trying to make a political statement, who want to be on television, jump the fence. Because we were on live television, from the White House, what had happened we did show it.
I’d phrase it as this incident shows what “journalism” is currently – when “political statements” from politicians get firsthand by the minute coverage, but “political statements” from the rest of us don’t get any coverage.
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