Thursday, September 22, 2005

Public Service

Is it just me? I find the news media distorts reality when they show a film clip without providing a date and time. This is especially true when viewers rely on visual images to inform themselves. Every news film ought to show the date and time.

Right now they are showing roads leaving Houston as one-way traffic. How old is this film? When was it taken? If they are going to show the clip, they owe it to viewers and evacuees the true picture. Otherwise, they should run a crawl to state -- this is now one-way traffic (updated: date and time).

The news media is in a unique position where they can provide a public service. These film clips shouldn't be backdrops. They ought to inform. Otherwise, they are distortive and, yes, cynically exploitative.

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