Over six thousand people have clicked to our coverage of the Doheny wedding. Thats about one third the daily circulation of the local paper.
There is an interest in our political leaders and what they do is news. Sure, its easy to say its only news if it hits the police blotter, but there are other things too.
Marriages and divorces, bankruptcies and judgements, illnesses and addiction,all sorts of things.
Trouble is covering personal stuff queers the symbiotic and sometimes incentuous relationship newsmakers have with those who decide what is news.
Today's gossip is tomorrow's news is one mantra...That's not always true, but it often is.
Today it was reported a City Councilman in Ogdensburg got a DWI. That's on the news. If I were to get sued that's news, but if a Congressman drives 30 mph over the limit or a senator is sued for divorce on grounds ot mental cruelty , that's not news.
If the DWI Councilman had been fighting child support in Family Court and kids were going without, well that wouldn't be covered.
Media is hesitant to cover weddings after a couple decades ago the prominent bride of an aspiring Congressman danced on a table at her reception. How do you report that in the Times ?
It's easier to day, "oh that's not news."