>> 30 Mar 2004


I do wonder sometimes HOW a story makes the headlines. Last evening, both the BBC TV news and the Belfast Telegraph ran this story about some thugs killing a families pet rabbits. Now, let me say that of course this is a sick act of vandalism, and evidence of how depraved some people are in our brave new world, BUT - surely it is not a national news headline? The elevation of a private pet tragedy into a national news headline concerns me - what is the editorial basis for making such a decision, why is it considered more important than the funeral of Harold Gracey, for example? It seems to me that whilst it may seem harsh, this is trvialisation of the news agenda.


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