Monday, September 26, 2005

CBS news blog slaps around the Broussard boo hooing.

Hurricane: Vaughn Ververs points out how being for the melodramatic nonsense that Broussard spewed all over MTP twice in three weeks. Russert had a duty to confront him.

"....It’s clear the tone of this debate revolves largely around issues of blame. Whether you put the onus on the federal government or the local and state officials for the less-than stellar response to Katrina will probably determine where you come down on the Broussard story. But there are more important points to be made here. Can something be factually flawed and still be an important part of the bigger story? How important is it for the media to correct such stories, and does it change anything when it occurs? The New Orleans Times-Picayune picks up on the theme advanced by the New York Times’ David Carr last week about stories we all heard about that turned out to be untrue. Tales of atrocities and emotional breakdowns on national TV make a definite impact on people’s attitudes, which in turn help shape future policy. Can such impressions ever be revised in the face of new information? And what is the duty for the media to do so? It’s an interesting debate that we surely haven’t seen the end of. But clearly, a story with factual inaccuracies should never be excused just because it appears to point to a bigger truth. Respect for facts is a standard that must be a line in the sand as long as journalism purports to report the story.
Here is the problem for the left, Broussard gave them on silver platter an angle to bash the feds with, now everyone finds out that he was wrong( I think he is lying) we must look for the "truth" and not lose sight of the "bigger story." Bull, Russert's reputation as a journalist would have been in tatters if he ignored the correction and did not give Broussard a chance to answer back. Jeff Jarvis is totally wrong with this line of reasoning.
"Russert’s proper response should have been to fix those facts quickly and clear but still pursue the real story. Instead, he chose to shoot the messenger who embarrassed him with the bloggers. He lost sight of his real mission.”
If Russert came on and said Broussard story was wrong without giving him a chance to reply, lefty bloggers would be ripping on him for being a coward. They are upset that Broussard got called out and an emotional narrative was shot down.

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