The third top story on News.com.au tonight is a photo of the dining table inside Whitney Houston’s hotel room. [Update: I originally published this post with a screengrab of the story, but having that photo on my blog didn’t sit well with me. It made me just as bad as them. So, it’s gone.]
Third top by placement, put there by an editor. I ummed and ahhed about clicking on it, but needed the timestamp. It’s been there for five hours. Five hours. Since it’s 9.30pm, that’s most likely two shifts. Two different news editors have decided that it’s ok to run this story.
The first – apparently most important – bullet point: Whitney’s last meal: Hamburger, fries, turkey sandwich. Followed by speculation.
Do we need to know what Whitney Houston had for dinner? No. The answer is no. It’s 99.9999999 out of 100 times always no.
It is grief porn. It has no real news value. It is there to make people think they might see something gory. For shame, News.com.au, for shame.
Update: I published too quickly. It’s the main pic at dailytelegraph.com.au, with the caption:
SEE inside the hotel room of tragic pop star Whitney Houston before her death, including the final meal she ordered.
It’s not a fucking theme park ride.