I too am from Pittsburgh and I just wanted to say that News Media, whether it be T.V., Newspaper, magazine, or radio revolves around one thing......... money.
It's just like any other business. They sell the stories that will get the most viewers so that they can charge the most for advertisements. Which stories get the most viewers? The ones that are most sensationalized by the media. The bigger, juicier, grisslier the story, the better for the media. Guess that's why you never hear any "Good News" on T.V. It's always about who killed their child, murdered their spouse, which teacher was accused of molestation, etc.
Case in Point is the recent storm or "micro-burst" we had in Pittsburgh in which the pavilion/ride at Kennywood came down and a young woman was killed. If you were able to catch any of the T.V. coverage "as it unfolded" did you notice the "leading" questions the on-air reporters were giving people who were at Kennywood that day?
Reporter: So, you were at Kennywood during the storm. Have you ever been in a storm that bad?
Person: No, it was a pretty bad storm, the worst I've ever seen.
Reporter: Well, it was so bad it could have probably been a tornado?
Person: Well, I've never been in a tornado.
Reporter: But, it could have been a tornado, right?
Person: Well, yeah, I guess it could have been a tornado.
The reporters completely led people on making them think that we had just had a tornado just so they get more viewers.
Also, there was one reporter who reported that an 8 year old child was killed. She got second hand information and didn't even confirm it before she aired it. And, for those of you not in Pgh. she was completely wrong. Just wanted to be the first one with info.
Veyr Sad state