Over the weekend on The McLaughlin Group, host John McLaughlin brought up the JonBenet Ramsey story, asking his guests — including TIME’s Jay Carney — whether the media were over-covering it:
MCLAUGHLIN: Is the media hyping this story because of its lurid qualities? Jay Carney.
CARNEY: As opposed to? Of course it’s hyping it because of its lurid qualities.
MCLAUGHLIN: You’re crowding out stories on the environment.
CARNEY: We actually are not at Time. We haven’t touched it.
TIME isn’t alone in its obsession with the 10-year-old murder case. Even today — after the district attorney dropped the charges against Karr — many papers nationwide chose to lead with Karr coverage:
Editor & Publisher notes that a Google search for “John Mark Karr” came up with 10.8 million results. “John Mark Karr” with “Ramsey” produced 6.7 million stories.
UPDATE: Jay Carney has responded HERE.
(HT: Bill in Portland Maine)