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Today's word on journalism

Monday, November 5, 2007

On Objectivity:

"I still insist that 'objective journalism' is a contradiction in terms. But I want to draw a very hard line between the inevitable reality of 'subjective journalism' and the idea that any honestly subjective journalist might feel free to estimate a crowd at a rally for some candidates the journalist happens to like personally at 2,000 instead of 612 -- or to imply that a candidate the journalist views with gross contempt, personally, is a less effective campaigner than he actually is."

-- Hunter S. Thompson, from Fear & Loathing: CORRECTIONS, RETRACTIONS, APOLOGIES, COP-OUTS, ETC., a 1972 memo to Rolling Stone editor Jann S. Wenner, excerpted in the current (November 2007) issue of Harper’s Magazine (Thanks to alert WORDster Andy Merton)

Mock disaster has law agencies scrambling to respond

TIMELINE OF TERROR: Photojournalist Heather Routh documents a mock disaster drill at the Spectrum, from the first call at 10:22 a.m. Saturday reporting a shooting at a gymnastics meet to the capture of the "terrorists" and the treatment of the victims. At left, police arrive on the scene. / Photos by Heather Routh
A "gunman" sticks his head out the door.
SWAT teams go in. That's Statesman photographer Patrick Oden kneeling and shooting -- digital images, that is.
The wounded are rescued and told to step against the wall.
Responding professionals wore gas masks because the terrorists exploded gas bombs meant to simulate chlorine.
More wounded.
"She's Black Tarp," says a rescuer -- slang for dead and ready to be covered over.
A critically wounded victim gets medical care in the rain.
One of four "terrorists" is removed from the building.
Fire hoses are readied for a decontamination spray. Victims pulled from the "gas" were supposed to walk through the water.
Two of the "terrorists" are under arrest.
Bodies are driven away.
Victims go through triage.
Will this victim make it? Simulated injuries ranged from the subtle to the horrific.




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