While the mystery continues, so does the quest for ratings.
As it is with any natural disaster, foreign conflict, national-interest kidnapping, or another long-term story that has the nation engrossed in details, broadcast news finds ways to continue to keep said story as relevant as possible. And there are phases to go with this news cycle as well.
1. The Lede — This is the primary story and a recap of the news that brought America to this point.
2. Primary Stories — Take MH370. It’s the intrigue about the missing plane and the global search parties off Australia, China, India, and wherever else.
3. Secondary Stories — These are the “Well, people are still interested so let’s talk about stuff others may not care about — saaaay, the 239 people that were board.”
And now, the circus is in town and pulled up to CNN over the weekend.