Today’s headline, was the shooting at a grocery store in Arizona. It was breaking news and CNN was one of the first to report the story. Unfortunately, I received five emails in a row regarding the updates on the story, and they had different information.
It is said that during the recession, the news media has also had its share of cuts. And weekend coverage has been trimmed so much, that they seem to have too few reporters on the job, to cover the news. Is the shortage in staff the reason for so many incorrect reports? Have the cutbacks affected the public receiving prompt accurate information?
When the shooting of Gabrielle Gaffords was first reported, CNN and others announced her death. Later to retract the information two – three times. Is she dead or isn’t she, I thought to myself. It made it a challenge to even post a blog, with the many news outlets reporting different information.
As the details unfolded, I was watching Headline News, and they missed the update on Federal Judge, John Rolls death. My husband had received a tweet with the news, which he relayed to me. He was shocked that I had not heard, since I was watching live reports on T.V. Is this another example of their need for weekend reporters? Do we now need to count on Twitter for our news? I had to update my blogs multiple times today, with all the misinformation being fed to me from our trusted news journalist.
Rumor has it, they have also cut the cameramen, and now share footage of news, amongst several stations. Does that cause us to receive generic clips, from only one point of view? If this all is the case, hopefully today’s many mishaps, on covering this story, will make them think twice about the lack of staff, at the news stations. I sure am not happy with the thought we may not be receiving accurate, up-to-date news. Garbage in, garbage out.