29 de agosto de 2009

Publicación de un obituario

La familia del Senador Edward Kennedy anunció la muerte del legislador aproximadamente a las 12:20 AM (hora de México) del miércoles 26 de agosto. Un par de horas después, agencias de noticias ya habían subido a sus páginas un obituario muy extenso con citas de amistades, familiares, analistas y políticos.

De ahí la pregunta, ¿con cuanta anticipación preparan los periódicos los obituarios?

Slate responde aquí.

De la respuesta se desprende este párrafo:

It depends on the person. The vast majority of obituaries are written after someone dies, not before. But news organizations prepare so-called "advancers" in one of three situations: The subject is so famous that the paper would be embarrassed not to have an immediate package in the event of an untimely death; the subject is old or sick; or the subject is "at risk"—i.e., he's a drug addict or a stunt biker. The first category is rarified: world leaders such as Barack Obama or Gordon Brown. The second category includes Sen. Kennedy and other figures over the average life expectancy of 75 or 80. (Even before Kennedy announced that he had brain cancer in May 2008, newspapers were preparing obituary packages.) Likewise, The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer had an obit ready for Pope John Paul II a full two years before his death. Into the third category fall stars like Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. When Jackson died at 50, the Los Angeles Times already had an obituary ready because he had a spotty health record. In 2008, when Spears' antics were regularly featured in the tabloids, the Associated Press prepared her obituary despite the fact that she was only 26 years old.


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