I am more than usually interested in Five dead in NYC ferry disaster because, when Helen and I visited New York in 1999, we stayed on Staten Island and used the ferry. Still, I don't think it merits lead story on the ITN News bulletin - if it had happened in a third world country ,or possibly even a European country, it would not have merited much of a mention at all. But UK news will always cover too much US news stories because, in the US, they are very good at getting footage, and most eye witnesses will speak English.
It was a bit silly of ITN to describe it as the ferry that tourists use to get to the Statue of Liberty, though. Basic factual inaccuracy.