Originally Posted by TonyR
You can keep arguing with me but you clearly know very little about either journalism or marketing. Violence, sex, wealth, fame, and money are "interesting" and therefore they "sell". In this case we have the violence, and we have the fame (although the average person probably doesn't know who Aaron Hernandez is). The writer adds a detail like the price of the house to bring another of those selling points explicitly into the equation. Really a very simple concept.
So you think having the headline "NFL Player sought for questioning in homicide" is not enough of a sell to make John J Public read the article? You have to put in how much his house cost? Its not pertinent to anything, other than to stoke up a bit of class warfare. Even if the murder happened there, the price of the property has nothing to do with it.
And arguing with you about it does not mean I lack understanding in how journalism or marketing works. The point of journalism is information. The point of marketing is to sell. The fact people feel news has to be sold is a ****ing problem.