I’ve mentioned here that a substantial portion of our Fellowship comes from overseas — 1/3, if you’re keeping track. Yesterday I came across two of them in the F’ship house living room, watching CNN/Fox/MSNBC. Of course they were looking for news of the bombings in Istanbul. Of course they were getting helicopter shots of the back entrance of the Santa Barbara county courthouse.
“For two hours they’ve been there!” one exclaimed in exasperation and wonder. “Two hours!”
Yeah, well, wait for the trial.
UPDATE: Well, on the other hand, it’s not like there wasn’t news going on:
After his arrival in Nevada, his SUV was stalled in traffic and TV camera crews surrounded the vehicle. Jackson did not roll down the windows.
Later Jackson’s four-car entourage did a two-hour-plus circuitous crawl around Las Vegas, followed by media on the ground and in helicopters. In a scene reminiscent of the O.J. Simpson slow-motion Bronco chase, fans and onlookers pulled over to wave and, as the Jackson vehicle slowed, someone in the car reached out to shake fans’ hands. The singer apparently spent the night at the Green Valley Ranch hotel casino in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb.
The reporters and photographers who swarmed the sheriff’s complex in Santa Barbara were joined by gawkers. As Jackson emerged from the building, a middle-aged woman squealed to her friends, “I saw him! I saw him!” A college student, invoking Jackson’s famous 1980s dance move, held aloft a sign that read “moonwalk 2 jail.” Others snapped digital images of the pop star’s SUV with their cellular phones. There was also a Michael Jackson impersonator.
One TV cameraman suffered an apparent heart attack and was administered CPR at the scene. The cameraman, Bill Skiba, 43, of KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, later died. Another photographer appeared to have been struck by a vehicle in Jackson’s convoy.
I mean, ask the dead photographer’s family.