Monday, June 05, 2006

Tipping Permitted

Where do you go when you have something juicy to leak? Certainly not one of the local TV news outlets. This was painfully clear last week when someone tipped the TU to the possible existence of DNA evidence that would place Christopher Porco the Capital Region on the night of his father's murder. As if that wasn't enough, then Joan Porco sends another letter to the paper declaring her son's innocence. Talk about owning the story.

It's not easy for the TV people. Part of the problem is that they're rarely working a beat in the same way as print folks. Says one area TV reporter:
If I were down at the courthouse all week, maybe they would call me. We're only there when something big's happening, and then it's like a circus, with a gang of reporters, photographers...You can call every day, but it's not the same as seeing them around all the time.
Such is life in scannerland, chasing down the big stories with a microphone in one hand and this morning's paper in the other.