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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

WAKE THE BEAST... FEED THE BEAST

WE NEED TO SEE THE HAPPY ENDING

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What's with the white sheet covering up the scout after a volunteer searcher found him in the woods?

Look, as a father I can't imagine the torturous days the Auberry family must have spent while their boyscout son was missing in the woods. When I say I can't imagine, I really mean I can't imagine. I feel for them, and I'm so happy they have their son back.

I just got one problem. What's up with hiding the kid after he's found. You came to the media, who invested a ton of time and effort publicizing the disappearance of the boy. The extra attention no doubt contributed to the volunteer effort to locate him.

The public who hoped and prayed for Michael's safe return no doubt rejoiced in the good news.

For some reason, however, somebody decided to keep the prying eyes of the media from photographing the boy in the hours after he was found. That's the payoff, for everybody! We want to see the hugs, and the tears, and the relief in the eyes and faces of everyone Michael sees. Gotta give that up.

I'm all for personal privacy. I defend anyone private citizen's right to ignore the media. Choosing not to speak is one exercise of freedom of speech.

I acknowledge the media can be overbearing and overzealous in it's pursuit of the big story.

Here's the thing, you can't go for to the media for help in finding the child, and then shut them out when you get what you needed. Everybody wants to see the happy ending.

If you wake the beast... you gotta feed the beast. Take down the sheet. Bring the kid to the news conference. Go on the national morning shows the next day, and then it will all go away.

Emails welcome: vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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