The tabloid news media responded in typical over-the-top fashion (“I have to warn you, this video is hard to watch…”). The video contained no bloodshed or any hint of violence, yet a jaded public responded to the media hype by donating over $455,000 for the woman’s “vacation”.
Even the 68-year-old mild mannered Karen Klein thought the media and the public’s overreaction to the children’s taunting was disproportionate. The children’s behavior should have been handled by the school administration — IF the bus monitor reporter the incident to the school, which she didn’t.
But we’re living in the junk food Internet age, where prepackaged, instant news lacks nutritional value or journalistic credibility. And TV ratings commandeers all common sense.