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Shameful: 'Today' Plays Heart-Rending 911 Tape of DC Madam's Mother
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/02/2008 7:39:28 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

What legitimate journalistic purpose did this serve?

In a segment narrated by Pete Williams on the apparent suicide of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called DC Madam, this morning's Today played the tape of the 911 phone call made by Pelfrey's 76-year old mother, who had discovered her daughter's body.

Of all the 911 calls I've heard, this was the most anguished and heart-rending.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: dcmadam; deborahjeanepalfrey; emergency911; nbcnews; palfrey; todayshow

1 posted on 05/02/2008 7:39:29 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Shame on Today ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 05/02/2008 7:40:23 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Suicide or Arkancide? Was Bill on her list? that woulda been it for HilLIARy


3 posted on 05/02/2008 7:41:11 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ch 7 in Boston (NBC affiliate) did the same thing last night on its 11 pm newscast— “and now, just in to The News
Station, we have the 911 call made by...”


4 posted on 05/02/2008 7:44:47 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Vultures


5 posted on 05/02/2008 7:45:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Free market. That’s what draws viewers.


6 posted on 05/02/2008 7:48:27 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I hope she has 20 copies of her black book with 20 different people who will have the good sense to make them public before they’re on the hit list too.

They don’t fool around in D.C. Quite a few women have found that out already. I’m surprised Kathleen Wiley and Monica are still alive but they went public. Chandra Levy and the gal who was killed in Starbucks wasn’t so lucky.


7 posted on 05/02/2008 7:49:39 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Mr. K

Tales from the Marlyn Monroe ‘’suicide’’. I wonder who name was in the little black book.


8 posted on 05/02/2008 7:49:56 AM PDT by shadeaud
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I live in the same county. Every local news station has been playing the tape since last night. Not that it makes it right, but just to say that Today isn’t the only one, even the paper links to the audio tape of the 911 call.

http://www.tbo.com/


9 posted on 05/02/2008 7:51:09 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Journalism at its best.....This is shameful.

Prayer to the mother and all involved. Sad and disturbing and my heart goes out to the mother. Poor woman.

I hate this type of journalism. Nothing good can be uttered about this slimmey crappy filthy vile method of reporting

10 posted on 05/02/2008 7:53:05 AM PDT by rface
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Trolling for ratings points by trotting out someone’s pain and misery before the world. Pornography is a very dirty business, but I am not sure it is any dirtier than going through people’s dirty laundry in public. Both appeal to voyeurs albeit different kinds of voyeurism.


11 posted on 05/02/2008 7:53:47 AM PDT by Biblebelter (Barry, your Uncle Jeremiah is speaking now, Barry can you hear him, Barry what you say now.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I’ve thought for a long time that 911 calls should be heard by the public only if individuals go to the police station and listen in person.

That way the information is open to public scrutiny but the families can retain some privacy. The way we do it now is cruel.


12 posted on 05/02/2008 7:54:02 AM PDT by donna ("I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth." - Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: donna

I suppose there could be situations in which a journalistic purpose could be served by publicly airing a 911 tape: for example, if there is a legitimate reason to suspect that the person making the call was actually involved in the crime.

But certainly not here. It would be difficult to describe just how heart-rending the call was. And for what purpose?


13 posted on 05/02/2008 7:57:46 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Keeping track of the MSM so you don't have to!)
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To: Wolfie
Free market. That’s what draws viewers.

I think that's debateable. Look at Katie Couric -- she is who she is, and the network put her in her current time slot. Has it drawn viewers? Look at MSNBC, the NYT, or the Boston Globe -- they spout leftwing trash all the time -- does it draw viewers? No? Well, are these media outlets switching gears and trying something new? No? Huh. Don't they want to draw viewers???

And look at Hollywood -- Mel Gibson makes a movie about Christ -- makes about a billion dollars. How does Hollywood respond? They make movies about homosexual cowboys, or movies about the innumberable atrocities carried out by the US military in Iraq. Do those flicks make a billion dollars? No? Well, is Hollywood going to change??

I maintain that the news media does not exist. The thing we call the news media is just a branch of the entertainment industry. And the entertainment industry is driven by a political agenda far more than any urge to entertain or to make money.

In short: I don't think this has much to do with the free market.

14 posted on 05/02/2008 7:58:19 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: rface

I’m sure they would do the same if it was one of their own. /s


15 posted on 05/02/2008 7:58:52 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: ClearCase_guy
The thing we call the news media is just a branch of the entertainment industry.

Both are institutions of the state. The press is recognized in the Constitution. Entertainment morphed from some older institutions of religious nature.

16 posted on 05/02/2008 8:04:48 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Double shame on Today’s viewers for continuing to support them after this.


17 posted on 05/02/2008 8:05:46 AM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I heard it on WTOP on my way into work. The fact that the woman killed herself is news - the anguished call from her mother is NOT. What is WRONG with those people?


18 posted on 05/02/2008 8:06:02 AM PDT by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I feel very sorry for the mother. She spent years raising her daughter and it only led to drugs, prostitution, and suicide.


19 posted on 05/02/2008 8:18:43 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Given the high profile of her case and the blackmail-level secrets she would have had, that “suicide” has to be marked with a permanent question mark. Especially since she is the second suicide in that operation since its exposure.


20 posted on 05/02/2008 8:22:00 AM PDT by bvw
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To: bvw

If she was going to blackmail someone, she would have done that before being convicted of several felonies, wouldn’t she?


21 posted on 05/02/2008 8:43:28 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
The point is, in her profession, and in her particular business, she did have information that was sensitive and valuable enough to be used for blackmail, whether she did blackmail or not. That means motive, because what some will pay to keep hidden, another will kill to keep hidden.
22 posted on 05/02/2008 8:51:15 AM PDT by bvw
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To: donna
I don't think there's any reason for 911 calls to be made public when it's a legitimate call handled appropriately. (I think there was a case in Boston a few years back of truly inept handling by the dispatcher, and it made the papers.)

In any case, the call isn't the news, and generally, they make lousy entertainment -- sound quality is usually so bad, the TV has to run subtitles. But they can do it, and it's been done -- talk about the herd of independent minds!

23 posted on 05/02/2008 9:56:34 AM PDT by maryz
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To: bvw
that “suicide” has to be marked with a permanent question mark.

From what I've read numerous times over the years, women typically don't choose violent or potentially disfiguring methods of suicide. They favor poison or the ever popular alcohol-and-pills. Everything about this is just begging for further investigation.

24 posted on 05/02/2008 9:59:48 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
Means, motive, opportunity.

As you say the means -- that is the form of the death -- is suspect. And it is clear that while she did have motive for suicide, others also had motive for her murder. So that leaves opportunity -- have the investigators pursued that?

Probably not.

25 posted on 05/02/2008 10:05:35 AM PDT by bvw
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