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Huddy Defends the Lack of Journalism in Corporate News

Reported by Janie - September 27, 2005

Yesterday (9/26) on Dayside, Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick conducted a short segment on the rumor-mill the Main Stream Media has become.

The issue at hand was the problems that occurred in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina, and how many of the stories were greatly exaggerated. Huddy and Jerrick interviewed Fox regular Ellis Hennican.

Hennican stated: " Frankly the media maybe needs to do a little soul-searching on this one as well."

Huddy, looking taken aback, defended the media: "But again, according to the police chief, Eddie Compass, there were multiple, he was the one, he was the guy, this is the guy in charge saying there were multiple shoot outs in these convention centers, so yes it is the media, but they're reporting on what officials are saying, and you are supposed to be able to rely on your local officials to give you the credible information."

Comment: This sums up the fundamental problem with the Main Stream Media today. What I want to know, is if Huddy has ever taken Journalism 101. Public officials, historically, have not been the most credible of people. The purpose of the media is to report what these officials state, but also to investigate whether the statements are true. It's easy to report statements, then sit back and pontificate opinions on these statements, but that is not what journalism entails. Imagine if the media had sat back and simply reported what Nixon had said during Watergate, and never bothered to look into it any further.

To simply say, hey, this is what the officials said, the media is off the hook, does a disservice to the American people and is simply shirking the job Huddy and many others have been given to do.

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