Anna Nicole Smith Death
The Baltimore Sun reported on the ongoing battle over Anna Nicole Smith's body with a story from the Associated Press. A judge decided on Thursday that Smith will be buried in the Bahamas and left the decision up to Smith's 5-month-old daughter. The dispute needed to be resolved fast because Smith's body was rapidly decomposing, according to the medical examiner. Smith's estranged mother wanted her buried in Texas but Smith's boyfriend wanted her buried in the Bahamas. Dannielynn, Smith's daughter, is currently in the custody of attorny Richard Milstein. The judge gave a recommendation on the location of Smith's burial, saying " I want her to be buried with her son in the Bahamas. I want them to be together.''
The reporter did a good job staying objective because he did not pick a side on where Smith's body should be buried. It is important in this story because the story has been in the media very frequently the past weeks. He gave where each side thinks she should be put to rest and the reasons why. He quoted the judge because the judge gave an opinion. "It wasn't immediately clear what Milstein would do, but the judge expressed his own preference: 'I want her to be buried with her son in the Bahamas. I want them to be together.' " The reporter also put less important information at the end of the story. For example, when Smith died. He also stayed very vague and unbiased when he was describing Smith's death because it is still unsolved.
The LA Times also reported on this story. This reporter didn't mention the other side of the story; that Smith's mother wants her buried in Texas. This shows the other side of the story and why a judge had to decide where she was going to be put to rest.
I think the AP covered this story better because the reporter gave both sides of the story. The LA Times reporter focused more on the judge's ruling, but didn't even mention that Smith's mother wanted her buried in Texas. This would have shown the drama that surrounds the death of Smith.