The narrative in this particular case has been all over the place. Less than two days after the fact, conflicting reports and big questions dominate the headlines: Did Scott leave notes in his car, his office, or both? Did he leave a list of people to be notified of his death?
Most puzzlingly: Why did he jump from the bridge while in the midst of working on several big-name projects, most prominently the A&E mini-series “Coma” and a reported sequel to his biggest movie, “Top Gun?” Was he motivated by a diagnosis of “inoperable brain cancer?” If he was cancer-free with no major health problems as his family now claims, then how did this story find its way into the press? Who is responsible for shaping the public narrative?