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John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV

Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Reaction to the Marcus Fiesel story

Got some interesting reaction to my story yesterday (Wednesday) about why so much national media attention has been paid to the JonBenet Ramsey case, and why so little to Marcus Fiesel.


I also want to share an aspect from my reporting that didn’t make the story: TV news experts tell me that, if JonBenet had been killed this year, in the post-9/11 era, the media coverage would have been far less.
"JonBenet would not get the same coverage today,” says Adrew Tyndall, who has monitored network news content for 19 years. ( "The JonBenet case comes back today because of the residue built up a years ago. Cable news networks and morning TV shows can be egregious, but it’s better than it was in the 1990s, at the peak of the feeding frenzy. That’s the good news."
Since 9/11, the media world has changed, says Steve Ackermann, the WXIX-TV (Channel 19) news director who worked 12 years as a CBS News producer. Viewers want more serious news, and not the 1990s tabloid crime stories, such as JonBenet, O.J. Simpson or Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who drown her two sons by driving her car into a lake.
"The national media landscape has changed. There are serious national and international issues now. We live in a different world than we did 10 years ago," Ackerman says.

--"I read with great interest your article about the lack of national media attention in the Marcus Fiesel case. I was as dismayed as you were (although I did receive an email from my brother in Idaho, who had read of the story in The Idaho Statesman). Since the arraignment of the Carrolls this afternoon, however, CNN has covered the story three times, even making it their top story at the 3:00 hour. They list it as a "Developing Story." I thought you’d be interested to know that, and perhaps a little encouraged."
--"My co-workers and I have been discussing this very issue for days -- wondering why, and coming to the same conclusion: the JonBenet Ramsey murder. My thoughts are, it is not too late to pitch the story to Fox Nexs again, and to CNN and other major news networks. I believe that national media attention may be an effective way to ensure that justice is served for Marcus. Why not rally the masses behind the unified cause of vindication for Marcus? The Carrolls need to pay for what they did to that poor little boy."
--"Too true. I live in eastern Pennsylvania and the only reason I’ve heard about the story is because my ex-wife, who lives in Cincinnati, called me and told me about it. I was surprised that it hadn’t been picked up by any national outlets... As as a former newspaper reporter myself, I am less than surprised. Right before I left a job at a daily, I wrote two stories: one was about how handicapped people in the city of Easton can’t find accessible housing and are often forced to leave their wheelchairs in stairwells and drag themselves up dirty stairs. The other was about how someone found a dead dog and puppies in the woods. The dog had been tied to a tree and left to die with the puppies. Guess which one got picked up by the radio and TV media? It wasn’t the story about the people suffering, that’s for sure."


at 8/31/2006 5:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John are you posting this 3 times cause we havent heard from you since the emmys?

at 9/01/2006 12:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So 5,9,12 cover the Marcus Fiesel press conference and no 19 coverage can 19 say FUMBLE

at 9/01/2006 1:44 PM Blogger BMurdock said...

"The national media landscape has changed. There are serious national and international issues now. We live in a different world than we did 10 years ago," Ackerman says.

That is so weak and such BS! National news so full of pointless crap but this can't be considered a top news story?!

at 9/01/2006 2:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey john shocked you havn't written an article about the show on hbo starting in the fall entitled john from cincinnati. The show is directed from the director of deadwood. From what i have seen it isnt filmed in cincy.

at 9/02/2006 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey was watching news5 at 5 last night and saw the promo for number 1 in the tristate for 5pm news. Down at the bottom in very fine small print it says demos 18-49 and 25-54.
More people are making the switch

Are You?
I have been watchin 5 since the solomon wilcots was sports anchor.

at 9/03/2006 1:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

15 days and still no word

at 9/04/2006 5:37 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

14 days and still no word

at 9/05/2006 12:25 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't have to do with TV, but radio. Does anyone know the name of the last song from the fireworks on Sunday? It's a popular orchestra song with a chanting chorus. I think it is from a movie, but I don't know the name of it.

at 9/05/2006 1:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

8 days and still no word

at 9/05/2006 6:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

wrong its 13 days and still no word

at 9/05/2006 7:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

the song was o'fortuna

at 9/05/2006 8:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. "O Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff.

at 9/06/2006 6:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 days left and still no word

at 9/06/2006 9:46 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really disappointing how lame this blog is.

It could be a great outlet for comments and news tips etc.

Seems like the new media will pass this one by as a lame attempt to keep up with the Jones'...

at 9/06/2006 9:51 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

About "John from Cincinnati": David Milch ("Deadwood," "NYPD Blue") is writing a surfer drama called "John from Cincinnati." It's not for fall. Probably will be on sometime next year... and he's doing it instead of another season of "Deadwood." I wrote about it last spring, but most of the fuss nationally was about "Deadwood" being cut short by a season.

at 9/06/2006 10:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

John got a couple of questions for you
1. what are the ratings doing in the 10 pm news slots between 19 and 12/64
2. is Dennison Keller doing sports on the weekends now or was it just for the holiday? he seemed a bit awkward doing the sports the other night

at 9/07/2006 6:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 days and still no word (no word on the cw that is)

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