disaster porn

George Aligiyah is presenting the BBC 10 o’clock news from Sendai in front of a truck sitting on a car on a car.  This is disaster anchorman one upmanship over Jon Snow at 7 o’clock on Channel 4 who only had two cars, in the dark – but in the middle of the night!  Do we really need the news anchors to present from the site as well as the reporters all over the country looking for ways to heap tragedy upon tragedy for our vicarious needs?  And this is then replicated across all of the channels and no doubt all the major world news feeds.  Is it entirely necessary?  Obviously we are all interested and concerned, but how many people really need to go there to tell us about it?

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