He of Long Wind
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Oil Springs, KY
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I think this is the risk that journalists take. And frankly, for the business of media ratings (and the subsequent sale of commercial air time, affiliate coverage, print ads, copy sales, distributor contracts, etc.) the more drama the better. I once watched Geraldo Rivera wade out into waist-deep surf so that he could give a more dramatic report on the approaching hurricane. During his bit, a wave knocked him down and his glasses came off and he dropped his microphone … and then he promptly capitalized on the situation by acting like HE WAS A STORM VICTIM. Icccckkk!
If you're a journalist and you deliberately go to places that are unsafe (disaster areas, war zones, forest fires, riots, places where people get their freakin' heads cut off, whatever …) it is no particular tragedy if you get hurt. Journalists are supposed to TELL the story, not be part of it. Of course, I pray for his family and hope that God gives them strength to deal with their grief, but this journalist accepted the risk of injury/death when he accepted the assignment. If it had turned out differently, where he narrowly escaped grave danger but got the story – it would have advanced his career. Chasing that kind of fame is risky. He knew it. He gambled. He lost. And it doesn't necessarily make him a victim.