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Leader taken to task for coverage of teenager’s memorial service

The Leader’s Aug. 30 coverage of the Alisa Belcourt funeral stands as

a perfect example of the press’s tendency toward poor judgment in

determining what constitutes news.

Regrettably, society has become accustomed to the funerals of

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celebrities being covered like movie premieres or sporting events.

But when did the last rites for a 15-year-old private citizen become

appropriate material for front-page, color coverage accompanied by a

story that breathlessly informed the public at exactly what point the

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young lady’s father broke [down] during his eulogy?

Your photographs of youngsters grieving and of a father and his

daughters at the altar inside a church were in appalling bad taste.

Alisa’s death was a news event. Her funeral was a private matter

and your decision to cover it as you did warrants, in my opinion, a

crack across the knuckles or perhaps a knee to the groin. Shame on

you!

STEVE CAMPBELL

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* EDITOR’S NOTE: The Aug. 28 memorial service for Alisa Belcourt

was public. The Leader obtained permission from Father Robert

Gallagher of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church to cover the

service.


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