As a set up, Ann Curry received the Twitter you see below. A woman in San Francisco was looking for her sister, Canon Purdy, whom she hadn't heard from since the earthquake in Japan. So NBC decided to try to find the missing American.
So this brings up my point about bad journalism. NBC did one of two things:
- They said something like, "We know of the status of you loved one, but aren't going to tell you what happened unless we can get an initial 'reaction shot' on film." This seems awfully cruel, or...
- They told the family in advance what they new (because NBC doesn't have camera crews hanging out in their house, or so I hope). This then makes the video below, reported as news, not really that at all. Rather it's closer to a reality show. And we know how "real" those are.
Now I'm sure some of you think I'm being insensitive about this. And the important part is the family was reunited. I completely agree that the important part IS the family was reunited. But NBC doesn't need to compromise their journalist ethics in the process.