This 'n' That

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


See the 1951 film "ACE IN THE HOLE", starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Billy Wilder --- as it relates to the media's coverage of the recent West Virginia mining disaster. Sometimes it is more prudent to delay the release of a "hot" news story until all facts have been verified. Though waiting is a virtue not so ever present in mass media these days.

From IMDB.COM: Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in a mine. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation and milks it for all it is worth.