maybe im a sorry emotionless bastard.. but this whole story of snowball doesn’t seem to be news.. are we going to have stories on the front page of msnbc telling of the death and heroism of each individual PERSON in new orleans?? id think thatd be more fitting in a time like this than the story of some dog..
Oh c’mon Judy, you might disagree with callmemickey, but calling him a scumbag is not justified by his comments. If he had said “I hate Snowball and I hope he dies,” that would make him a scumbag. But he’s just saying “why is this news?” which is a perfectly valid question. As for me, I simply posted it because I know there are some people on this site who are very interested in knowing about this story.
the snowball story was just as front-page-worthy as the initial story of that guy harvey or marty jackson - the guy who tried to cling to his wife but lost her. People can’t identify with the misery when it’s hundreds of thousands, but they can easily relate to one story. That’s why the reporters will have stories about a special tree, one sad puppy, one law-student blogger, etc. And, the animal thing…it’s obviously important to people since millions have been donated to orgs like aspca, hsus, american humane and countless others. Must go now - my dog is choking on a damn stick. Okay - never mind. She just coughed up a cicada.
Back in 1997 (I think), there was flooding up and down the West Coast. In the Sacramento Valley, the bit that made the national news was a dog named Rodeo who was filmed sitting on a rooftop after a levee break (his owner called the station to identify him.) That station got calls all day, asking if the dog had been rescued… and he was at dusk, by the very camera crew who had filmed him that morning. (Previously, they had been told to remain above a certain height so as not to interfere with rescue choppers.)
The levee broke, and hundreds of people had to evacuate at less than a moment’s notice… and all day long, people were calling about the dog.
Newspapers report the stories that people want to hear. Obviously, they want to hear about animal rescue.