BOSTON (WUSA9) - It's a debate that seems to start up again each time a tragedy occurs: How much is too much when it comes to media coverage?
It's quite clear that this recurring issue has come into play here in Boston as journalists from all corners of the country flocked to Massachusetts to cover the Marathon bombings just hours after the event took place.
When we first arrived at Logan Airport Monday night a woman saw our television equipment and said in a deflated tone, "You're all coming for this, huh?"
Guess she had seen a number of crews already.
People like this woman find the media overflow disturbing and find it difficult to deal with. That's totally understandable: The pain is real and pain is new.
But not everyone is like that.
We've talked with a number of witnesses who seem more comfortable with the media presence. It's interesting to observe: Some interviews almost act as a form of venting. This reaction is totally understandable too. People cope with situations in different ways.
There's clearly a delicate balance when it comes to this issue, but the line is fairly blurred.
We try to do our jobs and try to provide the best possible information to our community---but we're also human. We know what happened just a few hours before we arrived on Monday, we know how it has already affected people and we know how it will continue to affect people in the future.
So, with all that in mind, I open this debate to you: Media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings: How much is too much? Sound off in the comments section.
There really is no right or wrong answer.