July 22, 2006

Does CNN practice journalism?

With all the hand-wringing over the question “Are bloggers journalists?” we’ve forgotten to ask: Does CNN practice journalism? According to Lawrence Pintak:

“This could be World War Three!” more than one reporter was heard to say. The same dramatic images were endlessly repeated, as if on a loop. Rumor was elevated to fact — and the networks seemed proud of it. One CNN promo showed an unedited sequence in which a nameless photographer told Anderson Cooper, in northern Israel, that there was a rumor of rockets on the way. Cooper then turned to the camera and authoritatively reported, “The police say more rockets are coming.”

So much for checking sources.

Sometimes they do; sometimes they don’t. It would be better for all of us if they did so more consistently at the proper times.

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