A neighbor of mine is a long-time helicopter reporter for a New York television station. He's also heavily involved in issues of operating within the complex airspace surrounding Manhattan. When I spoke with him about the Hudson River collision, he had just been on the phone with a reporter for a national news agency, and he told me, "They were pressing for anything I would say that would lead to a smoking gun." I'm confident that my neighbor was measured and correct in his off-the-record conversation. And his professionalism and influence was an important element in the accuracy of his own station's marathon coverage of the tragedy. But even with that, the on-air reports were spiked with innuendo that played heavily to shock value. Reporters led with terminology such as, "The airspace has been called, 'chaotic' and 'an accident waiting to happen.'" Reporters paused to stretch out provocative sounding words such as "uncontrolled" and; [the pilot may have] -- "strayed" -- into the -- "exclusion zone" (an ominous sounding term used to describe the VFR corridor, to distinguish it from the surrounding Class B airspace). When a local politician publicly referred to the VFR corridor as "the Wild West," the cameras were rolling. It's why he said it.