The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Thursday, August 07, 2003  

Uncovering, Overcovering, Undercovering,
Recovering, Discovering, Miscovering . . .

I think, but I’m not quite sure, I like the way the Philadelphia Daily News is covering the sexual assault charge against NBA star Kobe Bryant: ad nauseum.

The lead article on the subject in today’s Daily News, by William Bunch, carries an unintended -- I think -- bit of irony or sarcasm. Entitled “Two Words: Brace Yourself,” its message, in case you couldn’t guess, is that “the media” is certain, eager in fact, to go overboard in its coverage of the Bryant trial.

“There were more journalists seeking access to . . . Bryant’s perfunctory courtroom appearance yesterday -- 500 -- than there were seconds in the hearing itself -- roughly 420,” Bunch frets. Only the circus sideshow known as “the O.J. Simpson trial” could possibly be bigger than this case, we are told. It’s all just too much, Bunch implies.

Not to be outdone, however, the Daily News today treats readers to four additional articles about Bryant (plus a splashy front cover): “Synopsis: It Took 7 Minutes,” by Jim Nolan; “On This Court, Everyone’s a Visitor,” compiled by Nolan; “TV Filled Time With Whole Lot of Nothing,” by Ellen Gray; and “Street Talk,” by Regina Medina, consisting of the observations of Philadelphia-area residents.

Bunch may turn out to be wrong. The public may tire of this story sooner than he expects. And from early indications, the Bryant trial lacks the deep line-up of freaks the Simpson trial brought into our living rooms and our very lexicography. Frankly, I’m not sure there’s enough there there.

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