Is it just me or did this RJR reporter have no news whatsoever to share? Top it off with the bad arithmetic in the beginning — 167 out of 169 people on board are released. So that leaves 7 people? WTF?
See if you can spot the multiple bad reporting and inconsistencies in this video. Answers up by midnight.
I hope all ends well for the remaining two seven hostages.
So this is the difference between the news culture in Jamaica and North America that can inform some of my criticisms of Jamaican media. First of all if 167 of 169 passengers have been released, then there can’t be seven left. At about 1:08 in the video you can hear the North American anchor pause for an extended period in seeming shock at this arithmetic misstep. But alright, we all make mistakes. But the reporter made news with the next pronouncement stating that while a shot had been fired no one was hit. EXCELLENT — show is getting on the road here.
But soon disappointment was to follow. Then she had no information about normal security procedures in the airport, then she repeats that someone had been shot and had to back-track to clear that up. And finally, at the anchor’s prodding she has no idea where the people off the plane are. Really? Why is she on the air? What does she know about anything?
It may be me being oversensitive, but I can see the anchor’s exasperation with the Jamaican reporter because as a viewer I was exasperated. There was very little news in her appearance. I expect reporters to be fluid and fluent with their facts on they’re on the air, especially after a multi-hour stand-off. And at 8am when I am storming out of the house — technically late by that time as I needed to leave slightly sooner — I am extraordinarily annoyed with this kind of slow, trickling, bundling performance by a journalist.
Thankfully, the Observer and (much to my surprise) the Gleaner both updated their websites throughout the day with greater details. When I started this blog the only story these people feel merited an intra-day update was the National Elections in 2007 for which the Gleaner built a seperate site (to dilute their brand?) The performance of each newspaper’s website exceeded my expectations as a consumer today, I was pleasantly surprised.