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CNN’s Coverage of Man Who Set Himself on Fire Shows Challenges of Live News

Posted on AllSides April 21st, 2024
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Maansi Srivastava/The New York Times

Until Friday, at least, the cable news coverage of the first criminal trial of a former president carried a hint of anticlimax.

With the dry and slow-moving proceedings inside a Lower Manhattan courtroom closed to their cameras, the networks could only offer their usual interviews with experts and analysts, set to the sights and sounds of their outdoor, on-location camera positions.

That all changed on Friday when a man from Florida, Max Azzarello, set himself on fire near the courthouse — immediately bringing home the promise and perils of live...

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