I have a question for all you “news” folks over at CNBC – what’s with the sharing?

Yesterday we were treated to CNBC retail correspondent Courtney Reagan’s surprise marriage proposal.  Other than Reagan, her fiancé and their families, why did this need to be shared with viewers?

I know, I know, I’m being a Ms. Grinch about this. I admit public proposals are like nails on a chalkboard to me.

This one really got under my skin for two reasons. The first is I can’t tell you how many times as a producer I’ve had to beg for 30 seconds more airtime for an actual news story. Nightly Business Report devoted two minutes to this spectacle. Anyone in television knows two minutes is a lifetime in broadcast news. It made me wonder what real news stories didn’t make the line up in order to make room for this.

My second reason is I actually felt bad for Reagan after watching this. What woman wants to be caught on camera uncontrollably sobbing in her place of work? I don’t think this is an image her colleagues will soon forget. Or her viewers.

I know I won’t.


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