What makes the media check their brains at the door when the story is about dead celebrities and psychos? What Jeff Jarvis said: “Anyone who has spent more than six months reporting, editing, or watching the news could have guessed that John Mark Karr was just a sicko who was looking for attention.”
I will see Jeff’s quote and raise him one: The only experience anyone needed to discern the guy was a mental case is a modicum of walking-around common sense.
Earlier this evening, I was in a drugstore and saw the sick People magazine cover that seemed to yell out the editors knew the guy was crazy, but they still were committed to a belief in the magic formula of selling magazines that was articulated by their legendary founding editor, Richard Stolley (someone I’m sure Jeff may have spent some time with a few years ago): “Young is better than old. Pretty is better than ugly. Rich is better than poor. TV is better than music. Music is better than movies. Movies are better than sports. Anything is better than politics. (and, he later added) Nothing is better than the celebrity dead.”
Pathetically ironic is the sad fact that the only reason JonBenet is a celebrity is because for years before she was brutally murdered, her mother dressed her up to look like a celebrity on a magazine cover.