05.02.2011 01:00 PM
RTDNA Praises 'Prudent' Coverage of Bin Laden’s Death
WASHINGTON: The Radio Television Digital News Association gave props to members today on the coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death. While the networks waited for confirmation, the news busted out on social media sites. The RTDNA said it urged “all news organizations to continue with responsible and objective reporting on air, online and via social networking.”

“This story is perhaps the biggest we’ve seen since Sept. 11, 2001,” said RTDNA Chairman Mark Kraham. “Given how sensitive a topic this is for many Americans, the coverage so far has been outstanding. From what I’ve seen, the networks, local news stations in New York and many others around the country have done an excellent job of keeping objectivity, appropriate compassion and keen analysis in their coverage.”

The RTDNA noted that unconfirmed reports of bin Laden’s death emerged online around 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday night.

“The cable networks prudently restrained themselves from reporting the news too early and effectively vetted and confirmed the information before breaking the news,” the organization said.

“Given the time and the magnitude of this breaking news, I’m sure many newsrooms were lightly staffed and left scrambling to get people into work,” Kraham said. “Based on the coverage I’ve seen, it’s clear that many people in newsrooms across the country made good decisions with respect to how and when to break this news.”

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Posted by: Brian Smith
Mon, 05-02-2011 03:59 PM Report Comment
Am I the only one NOT excited about the coverage? Where was the critical analysis? The news media accepted the President's claim about the fate of bin Laden as gospel. The news media rushed to proclaim bin Laden as dead before there was even an announcement let alone proof. I heard nothing from anyone pointing out that the government offered no proof. No commentary from 'experts' about how there was no independent confirmation it was bin Laden. No query about why the government wasn't putting forth indisputable proof that the person shot was bin Laden and indisputable proof that the person believed to be bin Laden was actually dead. Has it been that long ago that Colin Powell went before the United Nations and told the world there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Did we learn nothing from that? Responsible journalism aside for a moment; knowing full well that the conspiracy theorists and political opportunitists (many one in the same) would jump on this, was it not best to verify and independently confirm via independent sources and indisputable proof so the families of 9-11 victims could have closure? An early demand for proof from the collective media may have prevented the alleged burial at sea. Now, it's too late. So, I felt the caliber of journalism out of the gate concerning this story was abysmal and lacking the basic fundamentals. I strongly suggest we hold our applause. Steve Crabtree Knoxville TN

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