My office at the Glendale News-Press features two windows. One of those windows looks out onto the newsroom, while the second is a glowing rectangle tuned to either local news or CNN.
Since Thursday afternoon, that second window has been constantly repeating the news of Michael Jackson’s demise. The operative word here is “repeat.” With almost no new news, my television brethren have been forced to regurgitate the tidbits of information over and over and . . . You get the idea.
The Glendale News-Press focuses on Glendale and the Crescenta Valley, rarely reporting on issues outside those borders, and only doing so when events directly affect its residents. Jackson’s death certainly qualifies, and we did report on it. But the local impact was limited — the pop star rehearsed for his comeback tour at a Burbank soundstage. As a result, the coverage was limited to a single front-page article, and to a single issue.