I agree with Kathy Shaidle on this:
Which is why one of my two predictions for 2007 is that one relative will sue another for being denied the chance to be “family spokesperson” during a personal tragedy/media event.
It comes in the context of Peggy Noonan’s musings on this:
“The most dismaying thing I’ve noticed the past 10 years on television is that ordinary people who are guests on morning news shows—the man who witnessed the murder, the housewife who ran from the flames—speak, now, in perfect sound bites. They also cry on cue. They used to ramble, like unsophisticated folk, and try to keep their emotions to themselves. Anchors had to take them in hand. ‘But what happened then?’ Now the witness knows what’s needed, and how to do it. ‘And when she didn’t come home, Matt, I knew: this is not like her. And I immediately called the authorities.’”