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the manhunt in Watertown, MA

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Luke, Apr 19, 2013.

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  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    this search for the second bomber makes for some riveting morning TV, but the live coverage seems to me to compromise the effectiveness. Hopefully there will be no more loss of life in all of this.
     
  2. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I was up away to late last night listening to the police scanner and tracking on Twitter. Lots of locals tweeting from Watertown. And making fun of the misinformation being reported by news. Red it was key also. They crowd sourced a Google Map of events in the area.
     
  3. Crazy stuff! Just getting caught up.
     
  4. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Pretty intense. I'll be curious to hear the stories of those two guys.
     
  5. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    I've been in broadcast journalist since 1973. And while I realize mistakes can be made, I just have to shake my head at the amount of mistakes made throughout the media lately - most as a result of the unrelenting pressure to be first.
     
  6. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Chris
    This, +∞
     
  7. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    maniacs - the world is now full of them
     
  8. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Yes, or maybe not. It's very easy for individuals and small groups to do immense damage nowadays. Increasing extremism feeds their actions too.
     
  9. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    The president declared it was an act of terrorism. He might be wrong however terrorism usually points to religious or political motives. Something we can't discuss here. Instead, I'll focus my energies towards those that grieve and the survivors as they heal and hope that this kind of behavior and whatever is behind it ceases, not just with the death of brothers but with society as a whole.

    β€œMe and my brother against my cousins, me and my cousins against the village, me and my village against the tribe, me and my tribe against the rest of the world.” <>..<> It's time for full disclosure ;) MIB style, so it's me and my world-- and maybe.. we'll actually get along with the greys and reptilians and..
     
  10. Garylh

    Garylh SC Veteran

    From an outsiders perspective to the news world - I would agree with u.. These days the pressure is coming from so many different sources of information.. It is just crazy. Sometimes they correct their mistake in print but it seems sometimes they just let it go...

    Gary
     
  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    It's one of the problems with 24 hours news coverage in the television and internet. In the past, we had TV news at 6-8 am in the morning, 5 pm in the afternoon and 9-10 pm at night. Now, the coverage is nonstop, and they just report whatever they find without secondary source confirmations. There is a rush to put out the information out there so that they can beat their competitors.
     
  12. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Yup, and the intense financial pressure for these news organizations to sustain themselves with advertising. Being second with the breaking story is likely worth millions of dollars of future advertising revenue. Being first but wrong is probably better financially.
     
  13. Garylh

    Garylh SC Veteran

    Until they get sued out of existence like the British tabloid that I cannot remember the name of right now.

    Some of these organization have really sunk to a level of news worthiness and credibility that has all the signs of max profit and cost cutting as well.. I look at my local newspaper and a lot of their stuff is from ap news and what they write themselves is not well edited nor well written. That same newspaper used to have some really meat and grit in their coverage back in the 90s and early 2000s.. But definitely not now.

    So sad
    Gary
     
  14. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    The Internet and its "Free" mentality has more or less killed newspapers. The print advertising revenue that newspapers have lost as people shifted their time online has not been replaced by ad revenue from websites. They popular saying is "dimes to dollars", comparing how much money a newspaper makes via an online ad vs a print ad. And now in this Twitter age, everyone is a citizen combat journalist. CNN could put 10 reporting crews in Watertown and they'd be outnumbered 100:1 by locals on Twitter. But the "crowd" is just as prone to errors, if not more so. Like last night when Redditors came to the conclusion that one of the suspects was missing Yale student Sunil Tripathi. I feel for his family, already suffering such a profound loss to have their missing son wrongly accused.
     
  15. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    the whole internet and all "live" news should be on a hour tape delay. Seriously.
     
  16. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

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    Dec 15, 2011
    I am long removed from a brief career in print journalism. I've always thought that the media reacts more to what the public wants than sets the agenda for the public.

    I don't disagree that sloppy reporting if too often the norm as they rush to be first, but I can also appreciate the pressures of working to get the news out when people are turning more and more to social media for first hand accounts, pics and vids of news as it happens.

    Ask yourself if you would watch CNN, for example, as this stuff goes down in Mass if they would simply pull back and say "we will bring you an update when we have solid information". Would you stay on CNN or turn to Fox or a local Boston news feed on the internet or the Boston Police scanner channel from the internet or a photography forum where pro photographers on the ground were posting about the goings on?

    I don't think most of us would just stay with CNN and wait for them to double-source every update. And CNN surely knows that. So we mostly get the news coverage we deserve. We want everything yesterday. Tomorrow is much too late. Threads where mature and successful adults whine about not being able to wait for their next new camera to arrive are good proof of this. :) (speaking of which, my new camera just arrived -- have to go check it out)
     
  17. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    demiro, you hit the nail on the head. and I had a new lens arrive before I left for work and can't wait to go home and play with it!
     
  18. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    "Fox" and "the news coverage we deserve" in the same post!
    Definitely it's "nail meet head, head meet nail" time ...
     
  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm shutting this thread down before it devolves into political stuff.
     
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