You may have heard about the 15-year old Florida girl who started hiccuping a month ago and hasn’t stopped. If you watch the network morning shows, your chances of knowing about her are better.
What you may not know is the level of harassment applied to book guests like her. The St. Petersburg Times reports: “The competition for her story became so frenzied over the weekend that NBC’s Today show changed Jennifer and her mother’s New York hotel after another network’s exhaustive attempts to get an interview.
‘You really never know what is going to gain that sort of attention,’ said John Trevena, a Largo lawyer who has represented some high-profile clients. ‘It seems once it starts, it spreads like wildfire. It becomes very exhausting for all involved.’
Representatives from ABC’s Good Morning America called Jennifer’s home 57 times on Sunday and slipped notes under her hotel room door, her family said.
On Monday, Jennifer and her mother did another interview with Today and one with Inside Edition before flying home.
Waiting for her were calls from the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and television stations from as far away as Canada and Britain.”
Another chapter in the misplaced priorities of network news decision-makers.