Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Journalism 101: Good to see that the mainstream media learned absolutely nothing in 2005, since they blew the first be story of this year (and doubled the tragedy for the families) by running pure unsourced rumor as "news."
In one of the most disturbing media performances of its kind in recent years, TV news and many newspapers carried the tragically wrong news late Tuesday and early Wednesday that 12 of 13 trapped coal miners in West Virginia had been found alive and safe. Hours later they had to reverse course.

. . . It is unclear why the media carried the news without nailed-down sourcing. Some reports claim the early reports spread via cell phones and when loved ones, and the governor, started celebrating most in the media simply joined in.

Real solid, professional reporting from solid professionals.

1 comment:

Razor said...

My Philly Inquirer's headline Wed morning was something like: "12 Alive!!"

What has come out of this is that the "alive" report came from garbled radio transmissions from the rescue team, which at best, mentioned one survivor. Yet, instead of waiting, oh another half hour, for the team to get within reasonable radio range, the people in charge of the rescue AND the media run with the "12 out of 13 ain't bad" story.

HEre's the question: are we better served having 18 million media outlets today than having say a couple dozen twenty years ago?

The worst was Geraldo interviewing all the "survivors'" families, and actually hugging and kissing them -- all based on this one mangled message. Shameless fraud that he is.