Recently, Charles Johnson and his readers debated if CNN ran faked footage of an attempted resuscitation of a wounded young boy in a Gaza hospital, in a video supplied by a Palestinian stringer. CNN initially pulled their video, and a day later reinserted it into their lineup, claiming:
Responding to accusations that the resuscitation efforts of Mashharawi’s brother appeared inauthentic, Martin said that, based on his years of reporting from Gaza, doctors often go through such efforts even with little hope that a patient can be saved.
Charles Johnson responded:
If they really had “little hope” the patient could be saved, they’d be going all out with CPR, which means very vigorous chest compression (it’s not unusual to break ribs if it’s done right), and ventilation to oxygenate the blood–not delicately touching the boy’s abdomen with the tips of their fingers as we see in the video clips.
But if the jury is still out on that clip, let’s take a video look at news from this decade that we know conclusively was botched, including:
- The New Republic’s Danger Man, Scott Thomas Beauchamp.
- Reuters’ Picture Kill fiasco.
- Former CNN chief Eason Jordan claimed US (and Israeli) troops targeted journalists For assassination–but was surprisingly cool about working with Saddam Hussein.
- Hurricane Katrina and the “Echo Chamber in the Superdome.”
- Document Dan Rather.
- Jayson Blair.
- And the grandfather of ‘em all: Walter “Boom Boom” Duranty.
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