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Witches' Brew: Brew Commentary: Crossing the Line?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brew Commentary: Crossing the Line?

I am captivated in the way in which the media is covering the crisis in Haiti. It seems like news cameras are everywhere! They were rolling as Dr. Sanjay Gupta saved a little girl and were on when Anderson Cooper rescued a young boy from the violent streets of Port-au-Prince. I realize access to scenes such as these are the point of media journalism but part of me can't help wondering are these journalists crossing the line? I realize Dr. Gupta is a surgeon first, so it's instinct to jump in and help, but when the networks replay these Reporter-Saves-A-Haitian events every hour on the hour, doesn't it defeat the purpose? Are we so enthralled with finding a hero in every story that reporters make it their mission to satisfy this craving? I appreciate everything they're doing, but am I off-base Brewchies? By the way, while we're debating coverage tactics, don't forget to donate to relief efforts.

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