Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Another Take

Here is another take on the LIVE coverage of the mining tragedy. It gets to the heart of the matter: Who Asked The Basic Reporter's Question: 'How Do You Know?'"

And here is another:

CNN had showed the problems with going live with a story – with Cooper constantly talking on camera, he was prevented, of course, from doing any actual reporting.

He was at the mercy of people who happened to come up to him and give him the news – from the good old boy who ran up and cried “we got 12 alive!” at 11:49 p.m. to the woman who took it upon herself to set the record straight at 2:45 a.m.

“There’s only one person alive,” said the woman, looking like Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” who woke her kids up in the middle of night so they could witness the miracle of the miners’ rescue. “The word has to get out.”

And Aaron Barnhart wants CNN to apologize:
Seeing how CNN relentlessly promotes its coverage of the mine tragedy -- and would no doubt have been running highly emotional ads today linking itself to the "miracle in the mine shaft" had the miners been found alive -- I find it disingenuous, at best, that it is only obliquely admitting to being part of the problem.

Read them all. Then remember this the next time the news media report without confirming.