The Harding/Kerrigan affair was a new low for local media pandering. It was like a license to print money. The Oregonian newspaper was All Tonya, All The Time. They even printed and sold a book about it.
The local news was even worse. Usually, they might devote 3 minutes to a major news story, or 10 minutes for sports. Suddenly, TV news stations (cough KATU cough) were spending the first half hour of their hour-long 5:00 news on the story. They went so far as to buy plane seats next to Tonya when she travelled so that they could get an exclusive interview.
Due to the wall-to-wall coverage, the story got really old, really fast. About as old as the joke, "What does Tonya Harding like to do on weekends? She goes clubbing!"