"Do you remember watching that?" "I remember watching the whole thing!" "It was 20 years ago?" These were some of the comments heard around 1A this morning prior to Matt's interview with Jessica McClure Morales (aka Baby Jessica), 20 years after her 58 hour ordeal in the well. WATCH VIDEO While I have no memory of the incident (I was 5 at the time), it's clearly one of those "where were you when...?" moments that people still remember.
The Baby Jessica story is interesting to me because as Matt mentioned this morning, it was one of the first wall-to-wall coverage stories. According to the notes for this morning's Baby Jessica segment, in a 1997 Pew Research Center poll that examined media coverage from 1987 to 1997, only coverage of Princess Diana's death garnered more worldwide attention than the Baby Jessica story. Even in 2007, the Baby Jessica rescue ranks 8th on Pew's U.S. media interest index of news stories from the last 20 years, surpassing Columbine and the end of the first Gulf War. Nowadays, we think nothing of the round the clock coverage of O.J/Anna Nicole Smith/Paris Hilton. But in the pre-cable news era, a story covered around the clock, uniting the country, was certainly an anomaly.
What's your memory of the Baby Jessica rescue?