As you’d expect, I’m all for journalists hunting down the full facts of a story. Occasionally, however, it is incumbent on all of us, I think, to draw a discreet veil over those facts that merely augment the pain of the person on the wrong end of the tale.
So when some poor fisherman in British Columbia has a bear clamber onto a dock, leap into his boat and maul him, I believe the unfortunate chap deserves a little more than to have the reporting journalist close his account with this:
‘”Initial findings indicate that it was a very old bear in very poor health,” said Environment Ministry spokeswoman Kate Thompson.’
Great. If I’m lying in a hospital bed with skin like flaky pastry and suffering flashbacks so traumatic it may be months before I can sleep with the light off, I can’t think of anything more likely to ease my suffering than the knowledge I’ve just been turned over by the ursine equivalent of an incontinent pensioner.
Kick a man while he’s down, why don’t you…?