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.
February 13, 2015, the head of Stands and Practices for National Public Radio issued a staff memo reminding everyone what the networks’ policy is for when and when not to allow swear words on the air. The memo said:
Here is an essay that may help help journalists think through the hazards of writing news in first-person. Let’s not try to write rules in stone about this. But know that first-person reporting carries both a hazard when it is used to glorify the reporter and an opportunity when that technique makes the story more believable and understandable.
Brian Williams’ problems began when he overused the technique to make himself appear bigger.
Just listen to this story. Then read on.
Now, challenged by veterans who were there, Williams told Stars and Stripes he was NOT in the chopper that was hit by an RPG. In fact e didn’t arrive on the scene for another hour.
The admission came after crew members on the 159th Aviation Regiment’s Chinook that was hit by two rockets and small arms fire told Stars and Stripes that the NBC anchor was nowhere near that aircraft or two other Chinooks flying in the formation that took fire. Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter after the other three had made an emergency landing, the crew members said.
Well-meaning families of victims of the Aurora, Colorado theatre shootings are asking, maybe demanding that journalists not publish the names and photographs of suspects in mass shootings. They say withholding the information would take away incentives for killers who seek publicity.
Read this story I wrote for Poynter.org where I argue against the withholding of names and information in these cases.