The other day, in class, we did some journalism drills and one task was to write a news story based on some facts presented by a police officer. The scenario was: the mayor's press secretary had been shot to death, after an argument outside of a bar known as a drug dealer hangout.
My immediate thought: oh wow, isn't that a very unpleasant situation for the mayor, or any kind of public person? Imagine, the press will be all over the person in question, doing just that, asking millions of questions. Did the mayor know that the press secretary was involved in that kind of business? Is the mayor involved? Who? What? When? Where? Why? And all that follows.
And who will tell the mayor what to respond? The press secretary is dead! Tough situation.