Earlier in the year, I watched a video of the news reporting on the shootout between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the Los Angeles Police Department in A.D. 1974. Evidently, the coverage was one of the first “real time,” “on the scene” moments in media history:
What struck me as I watched the footage was how the people behaved compared to what we now see on the news. Here, in the midst of a dangerous street battle, one sees reporters and citizens acting like self-controlled adults with a reasonable amount of fear and caution. It is what we should expect of free people, without melodrama or over the top police state herding.