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Media Coverage of Michael Schumacher’s Accident: Too Intrusive and Speculative?

Nearly four weeks ago, Michael Schumacher was placed in a medically-induced coma after a ski accident in the French Alps. Since the December 29, 2013 accident, friends, family, rivals and fans have expressed their support for the seven-time Formula One world champion.  Meanwhile, following Schumacher's hospitalisation in Grenoble, the global media descended on the French city to feed the public's insatiable desire for updates on the German's condition. In the absence of actual updates from Schumacher's medical team or anyone from his inner circle, some media outlets have served up an unhealthy and unhelpful stream of speculative pieces. Overall, the reporting has covered a broad spectrum, from reserved to ridiculously intrusive. A...

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