From the ranks of the longstanding programs on network television, so often a la la land noted for propensity to confound, we have Nancy Grace from CNN Headline News.
How many times have we heard, "Flash, flash, bombshell!"
This excited beginning is then followed by the disclosure that a 2-year-old girl is missing. Such an alert would be fitting and proper the first time around, after which other openings are delivered.
So this is a flash that has been repeated so many times that, from sheer rote, it was being delivered after the tragic finding of Kaylee Anthony's remains.
Based on everything I was taught in the early stages of journalism, yesterday's flashes are left only for whatever research purposes remain from the story.
Otherwise it is time to move on to the next story or installment if there is continuation.
The same applies to those interview tapes of the murder defendant mother who is perennially referred to as "Tot Mom" when she actually bears the name of Casey Anthony.
How many times will the same tapes be shown? How many times will we be told about the decomposition in Casey Anthony's vehicle? How many times will we be told that Casey Anthony could never keep a job?
How many times need Casey Anthony's veracity be questioned? Didn't viewers catch on long ago? Were all these repetitions needed to prove the point?
How many times need viewers be informed about Casey's shifting the onus of criminal responsibility to whomever surfaces in her shifting mind?
Is there an assumption that her audience suffers from acute Alzheimer's? Didn't we catch on long ago about what happened and about Casey's stubborn and thoroughly determined opposition to the truth?
There is another nagging question. One must assume that there are males in Nancy Grace's audience. If such is the case then why are all the callers I have heard from the time I began watching female?
A male or two might also compliment Nancy on her twins and ask a question. So where are they?
How many times do channel surfers, such as I have become, not viewing Nancy in her entirety, switch on to see "Tot Mom" Casey in jail attire behind bars on the phone and insisting on her innocence with Casey's parents listening?
How large a viewing audience is Nancy Grace attracting through such unyielding repetition?
Of those choosing to watch CNN at that time, how many are instead viewing Anderson Cooper?