Our televised high-speed pursuits, ourselves

freeway.jpgLos Angeles media-philes should not end this week without reading Tad Friend’s New Yorker piece about the history of televised police freeway pursuits in Los Angeles. (It’s not online, but I’ll lend my copy to the first person who emails.) Issues touched upon: the sensitive taste issues of broadcasting something live, usually during the kid-heavy daytime hours, that might end in violence; the fact that car chases actually don’t directly make money for TV stations since they can’t break for commercials; a number of interesting police driving tactics that I can’t wait to try in the parking structure of the ArcLight tonight. And, of course, O.J.