Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Half Court

Funny, I thought a court decision was actually a decision that was lawful and binding. So it was supposed when CNN sued FEMA for access when they declared their policy that "bodies would be removed with dignity" from NO, which meant, no pictures no press. So what happened here?

As bodies recovered, reporters are told 'no photos, no stories'
New Orleans
-- A long caravan of white vans led by an Army humvee rolled Monday through New Orleans' Bywater district, a poor, mostly black neighborhood, northeast of the French Quarter.

Recovery team members wearing white protective suits and black boots stopped at houses with spray painted markings on the doors designating there were dead bodies inside.

Outside one house on Kentucky Street, a member of the Army 82nd Airborne Division summoned a reporter and photographer standing nearby and told them that if they took pictures or wrote a story about the body recovery process, he would take away their press credentials and kick them out of the state.

"No photos. No stories," said the man, wearing camouflage fatigues and a red beret.

The whole story.

Link

3 Comments:

Blogger Colleen said...

I know we probably differ on this, but I actually wish they wouldn't show the bodies. I think it is disrespectful to the dead, and to the families of the dead. But, if you don't show bodies then you don't see how horrible it is. A Catch 22.

5:59 AM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger doodlebugmom said...

I don't want to see the bodies either. But censorship is wrong. We all have the option to change the channel.

Linda :o)

8:00 AM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

collen & doodlebugmom: How you broadcast the images, and the right to capture them are two completely different issues. If you are allowed to capture them, then there can be accountability. If you can't, they can tell you just what you want to hear. I agree with you both, I don't need to see the horror, or if so, from a very very long shot. But I think it's untennable and sets a dangerous precedent to have the right to observe be taken away. They did it in Iraq with the coffins of the dead soldiers returning, BushCo trying to shut down any bad press right and left.

11:16 AM, September 15, 2005  

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