I’ve noticed a trend that seems to be on the rise.  I subscribe to “Breaking News” emails from several outlets and I saw this one this morning:

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:

MAN THOUGHT TO HAVE DRUG-RESISTANT STRAIN OF TUBERCULOSIS, SETTING OFF WORLDWIDE SCARE, ACTUALLY HAS A LESS SEVERE FORM OF THE DISEASE, ACCORDING TO FEDERAL HEALTH OFFICIALS

Now this thing was sent yesterday on the third.  I’ll grant you that I didn’t look at it until this morning, but still, this is a sufficiently significant story that it ought to have been fairly easy to find.  Sadly, this was not the case.  When I went to the ABC News site I found all sorts of stories, but no reference to this one could be found anywhere on the site.

It took some searching through several news sources until finally my wife found it on a Canadian news site:

Man in international health scare has more treatable form of TB

The Atlanta lawyer who set off an international health scare has a less severe type of tuberculosis than thought, officials announced Tuesday.

And then later I found this story from a French news agency (Agence France-Presse):

I had wanted to read more about this because even the more treatable forms of TB are still a very serious matter and contaigion is still a very real possibility.  What I don’t get is why something like this can be a “Breaking News” story one day, and all but vanished the next day.

Honestly, you’d think that something like that would be around a bit longer.  I know the old newspaperman’s saw about how old news isn’t news, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable for something that’s important enough to be called a “Breaking News” to still be easy to find a few days later.

For that matter, ABCNews could actually follow the lead of several of their competitors and include a permalink to the story in the “Breaking News” emails.  It wouldn’t take much effort to do and would get them quoted and linked to a lot more.

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