Monday, August 07, 2006

More Reuters

The seeds of the current Reuters contretemps were sown many years ago – and tellingly revealed in a PBS show with Mike Wallace and Peter Jennings: From the Goldberg piece:

“ In 1987, for example, Peter Jennings and CBS' Mike Wallace explained on a PBS show that they wouldn't warn American troops they were about to be ambushed.
When Wallace was asked if saving American lives might be a higher duty than
getting 30 seconds of videotape, he snapped back: ‘No. You don't have a higher
duty. No. No. You're a reporter!’"
The exchange essentially established the point that it’s “journalism” to sell out American soldiers for a few points in a ratings sweeps week. Once you lose the capacity to identify terrorists, it’s only a small step to photoshopping to make the news you want to deliver.