Somewhere between Bell's Palsy and death
Tuesday, May 11, 2004
Rotten don’t being to cover it
Two travesties for the price of one. First, a letter on Romenesko today:
An AP reporter today was the one to tell Nick Berg's family [ED NOTE: Berg, for those who haven't heard yet, is the first civillian example of the fallout from the Abu Ghraib debacle] that a video of his beheading was on a website. The family collapsed from shock and grief on the front lawn.

Wow. What a rotten situation for both the family and the reporter. That brings up all kinds of ethical issues. What do others think? Should the reporter have told the Berg family or not?

A reporter is supposed to "minimize harm." Telling the Berg family about the video was obviously harmful. But the reporter isn't responsible for the video. And what could the reporter do at that point, anyway? Walk away? Say "uh, nevermind." Plus, this reporter was among the first of a horde to descend on the Berg family today anyway. ...

Not that it's cool or justified in any way, but honestly, is anybody REALLY surprised that al Qaeda's pissed off by our frat-boy antics? No, seriously.

Anyway, the second bit of grief comes by way of Kaffy, who shared this with me the other night. I must admit, I'm kinda surprised that I haven't seen it pop up anywhere yet, unless it has and I'm just dim. Anyway ...
Posted by BroadSocial comment n' shit
It is the job of a good person to be honest. To be self-aware. To deliberately explore the fault lines of your character and try desperately to not inflict suffering in this strange, ghost-ridden world of worked and fabricated objects. Sometimes the jobs of writer and good person coincide. But more often they don’t. There are way more writers in the world than there are good people.

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