The back story of the freed women in the heartbreaking Cleveland kidnapping saga is the same as ever.
It is the media demanding to feed the beast.
Now that the Boston Marathon bombing story is dying down and going away, the news media need something else to inform, entertain, titillate and excite the nation.
Cleveland appeared as manna from heaven for bored journalists.
The tragic story had it all and it was brand new so it could be fully exploited. And it surely has been.
Sadly, this is not the first case of insane cruelty on children. But the media never grow tired of blanketing the story and stretching it to its limits.
They bring in family experts, sociologists, lawyers, doctors, psychiatrists and even the odd Cleveland journalist here and there.
The serious TV news shows covered it as straight-forward breaking news, a slice of life from a maniac's twisted mind.
But it quickly deteriorated into a free for all. It wasn't a matter of breaking new information. It was instead an exercise in blanketing the zone by analyzing and assessing every morsel of information.
The victims -- again -- were the young women who stood at the center of the media firestorm. Everything was discussed except, it seemed, their rights to privacy.
Give them a break and back off.