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SBD/May 3, 2012/Media
ESPN Praised For Patience In Reporting News Of Junior Seau's Suicide
Published May 3, 2012
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: ESPN's Bram Weinstein wrote on Twitter, "Espn takes the reporting of stories like junior seau very seriously and will not report until confirmed. I appreciate that about my employer." ESPN's Jemele Hill wrote, "Like many, began to hear the reports about Junior Seau. Find it interesting that ESPN is being criticized for trying to be thorough." Octagon First Call's David Schwab wrote, "Junior Seau story is absolutely awful. TMZ has been discussing for 36 minutes. When will ESPN.com or ESPN TV acknowledge?" The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr. wrote, "is junior seau dead for real..espn is now dropping the ball..they arguing about the saints suspensions and not talk about seau..wow." Deadspin's Timothy Burke wrote, "ESPN finally acknowledges the Seau shooting 70 minutes after TMZ reported it. ... Here's something weird, though. ESPN Deportes ran the Seau news on its bottom line ten minutes before ESPN did."
MEDIA MONITOR: Last night’s edition of NBC’s “Nightly News” led its broadcast with a 2:45 report on Seau's passing. ABC’s “World News” aired a 2:53 report on Seau three minutes into the broadcast, while CBS’ “Evening News” aired a 27-second report on Seau at the 11:15 mark. All three network morning shows today included a report on Seau as well. ABC’s “GMA” hit the story 10:18 into its broadcast, with a 3:51 report examining whether Seau’s football career and the potential for brain trauma contributed to his suicide. “CBS This Morning” first reported on Seau at the 12:20 mark, with a 5:20 report that included a live appearance via satellite by CBS Sports’ James Brown. NBC’s “Today” reported on Seau at 12:42, with a 2:53 report that included live coverage from NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez from San Diego (THE DAILY).