Should we put a murderer on TV?

As I discussed my prison interview on social media with the woman convicted of killing her boyfriend with her stiletto shoe, some viewers asked why I chose to give her airtime.

  1. I discussed my prison interview on social media with the woman convicted of killing her boyfriend with her stiletto shoe.
  2. After that, a handful of viewers express concern over my decision to give her airtime.
  3. Oh channel 2, why give the time of day to a murderer?
  4. Thanks for being the mouthpiece of a vicious killer. What's next? Interview with some convicted pedophiles?
  5. Many viewers took great interest in the story.
  6. I wanted to know what happened for her to use her shoe. Could've been the only weapon for self defense.
  7. We often have discussions about what stories deserve coverage, what stories viewers want us to cover and what stories we feel we need to cover for a variety of other reasons.

    Here's part of what went into the decision making process that ultimately ended with our decision to interview Ana Trujillo.

    1. We had covered, at length, as the case moved through the court system,
    2. She chose not to testify at trial -- which is different than giving up your right to speak ever,
    3. She wanted to give viewers her account of what occurred and claimed she was innocent,
    4. This case is one that has received international attention.

    I respect viewers' opinions. In fact, I respect them enough to take this opportunity to explain part of my thought process. It doesn't mean I don't take to heart what viewers say. I read almost every viewer comment and absolutely every email, tweet & Facebook message. Viewers help keep guide me thought my job.

    After reading this, I'd love to hear your reaction to my thought process.
  8. If a man did it, would you cover this story?
  9. I'd like to think we would cover the crime if it was unique and something that gathered international attention. We certainly do not cover every murder trial.
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