"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Death Porn 

Here's why I hate CNN - the following excerpts are taken from their most recent story, as of this writing, about Hurricane Katrina. The italicized portions in parentheses are links in the original, which I will not reproduce here because I think they're disgusting:
The death toll from the storm is estimated at 68 -- mostly in Mississippi. Officials stressed that the number is uncertain but likely to be much higher. (Watch the video report of a husband whose wife slipped from his grip -- 1:07)

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In the city's 9th Ward neighborhood, rescue efforts continued throughout the night, with authorities in boats plucking residents from submerged homes after water topped another levee. (Watch the video account of unanswered screams -- 1:57)

Honestly - is there any purpose to be served by video footage such as described here that couldn't be served just as well by watching the old Faces of Death videos?

 

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