The trial of Amy Senser, charged with running down a motorist on an I-94 ramp and then driving away, is already shaping up to be a minefield for the journalists covering it.
Today, prosecutors showed photographs of Anousone Phanthavong’s body at the scene of the crash.
The Star Tribune story, some readers insist, played it from the angle of Senser as victim.
The newspaper isn’t allowing comments on its Senser stories. If it had, they might well mirror those on Facebook…
“Money. Power. The ‘drama’ of a poor rich white woman on trial. Even the media can’t help but enjoy playing into it. Gross,” local journalist Molly Priesmeyer said on her Facebook page.
How should it be played? Straight.
Based on the Star Tribune’s story, either of these would work:
Other drivers easily saw flashers of hit-and-run victim’s car
911 call: “I’m pretty sure they’re dead”
Witnesses in Senser trial say they didn’t see how accident happened..
Maybe those don’t capture the “color” of the moment. But in a case packed with this much emotion, they don’t have to.