Coverage A Train Wreck

The Pulp is out of pocket right now, so posts will be light the next few days. But John DeGroot came through this weekend with a post about a big news story -- the death of three people hit by a train carrying 200 passengers -- that was reduced to little more than a digest in Saturday's newspaper. Looks like the newspaper flat missed the story and had to play catch-up. Here's DeGroot's take:

Comes now the latest wrenching example of why today's daily newspapers are not.

On page 2B of Saturday's Sun-Sentinel, we read how, "A trained slammed into a car that had stopped on tracks Friday evening in Deerfield Beach, instantly killing the three people in the car, the Broward Sheriff's Office said."Containing less than four inches of type, the story goes on to report that "the Tri-Rail train struck (the car) about 7 p.m."

Trouble is.....The Sun-Sentinel was able to report (in a full column of type plus two photos) the the Miami Hurricanes lost to Arizona in College Super Regionals in a game that went 11 innings and ended well past 10:30 p.m. -- plus detail the Marlin's 11-3 ass-kicking by Cinci's Big Red Machine in a game that ended close to 10 p.m. Even worse, the Herald was able to publish (barely) Miami's loss to Arizona and the Marlin's loss to the Reds -- while totally missing the horrendous Tri-Rail deaths in Deerfield Beach. Pathetic.

Like they should just drop the "news" part and call themselves "papers" -- or "sportspapers" given the sports department's late deadlines that clearly extend well past those for local news.

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