AP’s Carroll Has Been Here Before
Michelle Malkin and Bryan Preston from Hot Air are heading to Iraq and could use your support, just as other blogger imbeds Michelle links could.
While Jamil Hussein is only one issue she’ll be pursuing, I came across something interesting regarding AP editor Kathleen Carroll. When it comes to a lack of attributed sources and bogus reports, apparently she’s been there before. Not only did she applaud that coverage by the AP, she even took a swipe at blogs over a year ago in speaking about it. It seems some things never change, so I doubt Carroll will take Michelle up on her suggestion to visit Iraq herself.
Given this, what should we have expected from Carroll? She goes off on blogs, forgetting that the AP has the largest keyboard of all. I’m thinking Kathleen’s time may have just about come. Apparently the goal of the journalist is no longer to report the news … it’s to help people. I wonder, did that excuse the lies pushed about the Superdome?
With the emergence of the Web log, or blog, Carroll warned against opinions claiming to be fact. “Blogging and citizen journalism is a wonderful thing, but we can’t let ourselves become prisoners of the loudest shouter with the biggest keyboard,” she said.
Carroll said she and the AP were proud of the now infamous Superdome coverage during Katrina. You know, the coverage that was so WRONG:
The stories were told by residents trapped inside the Superdome and convention center and were repeated by public officials. Many news organizations, including The Associated Press, carried the witness accounts and official pronouncements, and in some cases later repeated the claims as fact, without attribution.
But now, a month after the chaos subsided, police are re-examining the reports and finding that many of them have little or no basis in fact.
… but helped people, I guess.
Carroll, praising the resourcefulness of reporters, said a New Orleans AP sports reporter used her knowledge of the Superdome to report the conditions of the makeshift shelter. After using a pay phone to dictate stories back to AP bureaus, the writer slept in her truck each night to escape the conditions inside.
Kathleen Carroll has sent many journalists to the Gulf Coast for Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Amid the disaster, the executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press said the news coverage has made her proud.
“The events of the last 10 days should renew all of our spirits about what the (journalism) field can do to help people desperate or in need,” Carroll said Saturday during a speech at Kansas University.
She spoke as part of Kansas Editors Day at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union. KU’s School of Journalism sponsored the event.
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