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TV Chases

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Just a few hours after we mentioned KABC's new helicopter yesterday, they were able to take it out and use it in the coverage of a high speed chase. The chase ended with the fatal shooting of the suspect. Two stations covered the event but calblog notes that with the new camera you could watch the tires disintegrate, the suspect talk on his cell phone and several other details you hadn't been able to see in the past.

You also could watch him die.

Lost Remote points out that the violent end to the chase was easy to predict and that the news stations should have shown discretion and pulled wide before shots were fired. This is the third time in 7 years that local news has covered a high speed chase where someone has died violently. The stations argue that it is news and that they try their best to show restraint. Critics think more can and should be done.

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We think it is just another unfortunate blurring of news and entertainment.

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