I've been hesitant to opine on the helicopter tragedy. I'm not a fan of TV news and I was frankly a bit concerned that my comments would be perceived as insensitive. Here's a veteran news editor whose views are similar to mine and who says better than I probably would anyway.
The senseless death of four helicopter newsmen in Phoenix underscores the stupidity and wastefulness of broadcasters who squander their precious resources on cheap chopper chases instead of more worthy pursuits.
This journalistically indefensible insanity must be stopped. If broadcasters won’t do it voluntarily, then the Federal Aviation Administration, acting on behalf of us innocents on the ground, ought to step in and do it for them.
It's one thing for a journalist to be killed while embedded with troops in Iraq. But jeopardizing lives in order to get live footage of a car chase strikes me as unconscionable.