Eternal Journalists’ Dilemma

From Time’s Swampland blog:

Another Dispatch From Haiti

Posted by KAREN TUMULTY Friday, January 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Please follow Jay Newton-Small on Twitter. Her tweets are heartbreaking:

2late, 2late, they say. I tell myself that i’m doing more good writing than digging, but it’s hard not to agree w/them. Heart wrenching

This is the age-old journalists’ dilemma: record or respond. It permeates the Broadway production of Time Stands Still, and it haunted Kevin Carter, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1993 photograph of a vulture waiting patiently for a starving Sudanese boy to die.
Carter committed suicide the following year.
Flash-forward to today, and here’s what CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta did in Haiti (via the New York Times):
On Thursday night Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, led a camera crew through one of the few remaining hospitals in the region. As he passed wounded and dying victims, he explained that there were no doctors or nurses there to treat them. But CNN made a point of repeatedly showing another scene in which Dr. Gupta ran through the street to minister to an infant, the camera lingering on him as he cradled her in his arms and examined her head for lacerations.
Wonder what Kevin Carter would think about that.
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4 Responses to Eternal Journalists’ Dilemma

  1. Cavard says:

    Did you see last night’s 60 Minutes? That was horrific to watch.

  2. Curmudgeon says:

    The journalist’s dilemma: Report the news or be the news.

    CNN and Gupta seem to be challenged by this choice.

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