When there is little hope for medical recovery, a patient may find himself/herself being kept alive by machines. And so many people now live this way that an entire industry has grown up around keeping these patients alive.
inewsource discovered and exposed a world — little known even within the medical field — where more than 4,000 people are kept alive on machines. Reporter Joanne Faryon and videographer Brad Racino revealed a network of “vent farms” to the nation through documents, data and unprecedented access to a facility in San Diego County that is home to people spending years, sometimes more than a decade, on life support. Most are not conscious and haven’t tasted food in years. They are dependent on others to brush their teeth, comb their hair and change their diapers. More than 120 such places in California exist.
They are the end of the line, the place people go once medicine has saved them, but where there is little hope for recovery. This inewsource investigation, called “An Impossible Choice,” posed the point-blank question faced by an increasing number of people across the country: When is a life no longer worth living?
See the entire project at impossiblechoice.org/
So much of what you see online is simply untrue. But how do you know if an image is real? Let’s take a single image and use simple tools to find the original source. Is it possible that a network would include Israel’s flag in the shot?
Notice the headline “Israeli soldiers twists ankle in Gaza” as a subtle signal that anything bad that happens to Israelis is news.
The network did multiple stand-ups using their drone for high perspective.
NBC used a drone to cut several online versions of stand-ups. Click on the images to see the examples. Of course the commercial use of drones is not banned in Nepal, as it is in the US currently.
CNN’s Don Lemon raised the question of where the Sports Illustrated bikini issue shows too much. Of course, then the network goes on to show the cover of the magazine time after time after time.
This kind of thing happens a lot in journalism. Mainstream media don’t want to report tabloid’esque stories so they cluck their tongues at tabloids wondering if they have gone too far, and in so doing, report the tabloid story they said they were trying to avoid.