Thanks to Rebecca Solnit for this piece. Reviewing the CNN video link provided as part of the article, it seems that not only were many of the situations exaggerated by the reporter, Karl Penhaul, but that the final scene that supposedly depicts children fighting over boxes is hardly a fight but really a group of kids playing with boxes--throwing some of them back into the heap, with a few laughs. I believe I've seen the same amount of violence at a baseball game the last time someone shot free T-shirts into the stands.
In light of Karl Penhaul's other newsmaking reporting--see Rob Crilly's piece in the Huffington Post, in which a young man is filmed dying by the same CNN reporter's crew, without receiving aid or, at the very least, a final human touch from the crew--this coverage seems like it shows a pattern of disregard for Haitians. They've become a product to sell and broadcast rather than a people in need.
Feb 1 2010 - 5:15pm