Gentle Readers, as I mentioned in the last S&I, we in the Chicago area are bracing ourselves for a media monstrosity of a June. Our former governor, Rod Blagojevich, goes on trial June 3. Later in the month, Drew Peterson goes on trial on June 16, I believe, for murder. His third wife, Kathleen Savio, was found dead in a dry bathtub. A second autopsy determined head injuries as the cause of death. His fourth wife, Stacey Peterson, is still missing some two and a half years after her disappearance.
The latter defendant's last round with the media turned into a circus of the worst sort, descending into tabloid-esque coverage of the sordid details and a local radio station planning a contest to win a date with him. Instead of using the story as a teachable moment (what to do if you're in that situation; survivors who went on to make lives for themselves; prevention programs), the coverage cheapened and trivialized a serious social issue.
TV stations especially need to know how the viewers feel. So, for those of us in the Chicago area, here are the contacts:
WBBM: http://cbs2chicago.com , 312-899-2222
WMAQ: http://nbcchicago.com , no phone listed
WLS: http://abclocal.go.com/wls , 312-750-7777
WFLD: http://myfoxchicago.com , 312-565-5532