Thursday, June 29, 2006

It Begins

Let's face it: the Times Union pretty much owns the Porco trial. Deprived of their most effective storytelling tool, video from inside the courtroom, TV reporters tried in vain to characterize the drama and intensity of yesterday's opening arguments. I'm not saying that it can't be done on TV, but it takes time ---and the tightly formatted evening newscasts don't yield that luxury to anyone. Those craving details about what goes on at the trial is best off waiting for the morning paper.

So, what's it like being down there with the Albany media at Camp Goshen? You can get a little taste of that at the blog NewsChannel 13's Jim Kambrich has been writing from the trial this week. The interesting tidbits include close encounters with the defendant:
Our live truck engineer revealed to us that Porco had taken a seat next to him at breakfast. An unnerving experience.
It must have been disturbing; most crews are completely oblivious to their surroundings when there's food on the table.

The funniest thing I've heard so far was Fox 23's Jill Montag explaining Terry Kindlon's revenge theory from the opening arguments. She said that Kindlon suggested someone might have had "an ax to grind" with Peter Porco. I'm pretty sure those were her words, not his.