Wonderful moment just before noon on cable TV. Fox and MSNBC are
both carrying the outrageous legal proceeding in Florida ostensibly
over the disposition of Anna Nicole Smith’s body. Her mother is
testifying, anchors on both nets interrupting at vital moments.
Suddenly, Fox goes split-screen, showing car speeding down roadway
in Hollywood, Fla. A police car chase! No police in evidence, but
at least a speeding car. Full screen for Fox about the time MSNBC
goes split, again with car chase which rapidly trumps the trial.
Soon both have forgotten that Smith thing. Fleeing car collides
with another and three suspects flee. One suspect surrenders,
another is caught. Fox assures us all three are in custody and goes
on to news about Iraq, ignoring the abandoned trial and that Roy
MSNBC, which can count, carried the search for the third suspect
for a time, then abandons the high crime car chase for other
Expect to see grandstanding Judge Seidlin driving into court if
and when the nets decide to return to the story.
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