September 28, 2005

In Harm's Way

I'm reading a book at the moment called The Zanzibar Chest which is about modern war-journalism. It struck me the other day, while watching TV3 News deliberately fly a crew into the path of Hurricane Rita.

What was the point of that? We're going to take 3 New Zealanders and deliberately put their lives at risk by having them stay in the path of storm that the US Government considered serious enough to order a mandatory evacuation of the area.

Thanks to that decision, we got valuable insights into what it's like to be in a hurricane: "Well, Mike, it's very windy and very wet! The wind and rain are so strong!"

What novelty and surprise. It's windy and wet inside a major hurricane? I never would have guessed that. And it's just as well we had Kiwis there, given that there were only dozens of American reporters already embedded there, and god knows how hard it is to understand American English.

Idiots. Why not just get a feed from CNN or something? It's not like they're reluctant to be interviewed. It seems crazy to me. Deliberately putting your employees in mortal danger just to get more stock footage of a storm that's not even in your own hemisphere...

Anyway. The Zanzibar Chest, by Aiden Hartley, is a very good book, and I recommend it. It opened my eyes a bit as to what war journalism in modern times is all about. I don't want to be a journalist anymore!


Now, this, on the other hand, is real news!

Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico... - read more in the Guardian.

Posted by phreq at September 28, 2005 11:20 AM | TrackBack
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