CNN comforts the afflicted

UPDATE: Good piece from mediaite, chock full o links, about the slippery slope the media are in in Haiti.

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Look, there’s Anderson Cooper carrying a kid with a bleeding head to safety! Dr. Gupta performs surgery! Say what you want about CNN, but they’re not content to just report the news.




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CNN comforts the afflicted

  1. FOX covering Haiti?

    • Improbable. Soon they're start making comments about how their tax dollars are going to help people who don't deserve.

      Hey I didn't say it – Fox will say it soon enough. Or at least their commentators will.

    • They're probably all in Massachusetts.

  2. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta posted this message on Twitter, at 3:45 Am: "pulling all nighter at haiti field hosp. lots of work, but all patients stable. turned my crew into a crack med team tonight."

    • Kudos to the good doctor. He was visibly upset that the UN doctors left these people to fend for themselves because of security threats. He and his team stayed with these people through out the night and helped them as much as possible.

      It's good to see the doctor living up to the Hippocratic Oath he took!

  3. Turnabout is fair play; my proctologist covered the Chilean election.

  4. Fox actually has been winning the ratings on all Haiti coverage. True.

  5. Andrew, as someone in the media, what are your thoughts on this slippery slope? I've seen some of the Canadian reporters covering truly awful situations and they appear quite anguished about their "hands off" requirement. Makes me wonder what they do when the camera is turned off.

    Personally, while I get the slippery slope argument, I think it applies more to an Anderson Cooper than Dr. Gupta, if it even applies in such a disaster zone. Dr. Gupta had valid concerns about leaving patients unattended overnight, and had good reason (if only his swearing of the Hypocratic Oath, not to mention his medical training) to stay and help. Anderson, on the other hand, could have remained a bystander and we won't likely ever know whether his intervention made a difference to the boy or not. I'm sure, however, his intervention at least helped him sleep at night.

    So I'd be curious to hear your take on it. Thanks.

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