The story of the arrest of a suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey case pushed aside seemingly more important matters including Iran's test of long-range missiles and a ruling by a federal judge in Michigan that overturned the Bush administration's domestic-surveillance operations. MSNBC, which scored a beat on its rivals by being the first to report on last Wednesday's arrest in Bangkok of John Mark Karr, continued to devote considerable time to the story as late as Sunday, as Karr was being flown back to the U.S. in the business class section of Thai Airlines. At 10:01 a.m. MSNBC bannered: "BREAKING NEWS; RAMSEY SUSPECT ALLOWED TO DRINK CHAMPAGNE WHEN HE BOARDED PLANE." Five minutes later it changed its "Breaking News" banner to "RAMSEY SUSPECT'S ONBOARD DINNER INCLUDED PATÉ AND FRIED KING PRAWNS." At 12:31, another "Breaking News" banner read, "RAMSEY SUSPECT HAS HAD CHAMPAGNE, A BEER AND GLASS OF WINE ON PLANE."




21/08/2006