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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Katrina: MSM At Its Best?

For those of you who have been dying to hear what NBC anchor Brian Williams thinks about news coverage of Katrina (and you are legion), wait no more:
"I don't think there has been a story better told by television," [Williams] says.

For the media, Williams thinks the foremost lesson of Katrina is this: "When we go, we need to go all the way."

He explains: "When we put our minds to it, we can cover a story unlike any other medium. We still have a vital civic role. We've got to remember, we report to the folks in our audience. We serve them. ... We were witnesses. We were witnesses to a colossal disaster and a botched response. And that's what happened."
Williams apparently has forgotten TV's stellar role as a false witness and rumor-monger, reporting murders and rapes that didn't occur, dying babies that didn't exist and shootings at rescue helicopters that never happened. Or, as Williams himself put it, "an archetype television story."

Uh, isn't that, "an archetypical television story?"

Fear not; television networks' opinions of themselves remain unscathed, crisis after crisis.

Source: TVNewser via Media Bistro
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