Deep Water


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Sure, it looks funny that people are hanging out in boats when another guy is only ankle deep. This is one of the reasons that people distrust journalists, but there is an explanation. The "deep water" that requires a boat to cross is probably too difficult to set a camera in, so the boats were places in a shallower area for "illustration purposes." So, what do you think: is this staging an example of journalistic "cheating" or just another way to tell a story? The flood was a couple of years ago in New Jersey. -via Arbroath

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They may have been referring to the only way to cross over to the side that is behind the camera.

Or they may be referring to how deep it was last night. Which is still misleading.

Or they may have been lying.
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I'd like journalists to stop living out their fantasies of being filmmakers. They are supposed to convey information, not play on emotions.

We know what a flood is. If you are shown in a boat, we'll assume there's no way for you to stand anywhere. If you show us images of a burning tank in Lybia filmed under 10 different angles, we're gonna assume a sh*tload of tanks are burning.

To me, all these "illustrative" inclusions in news reports are, if not lies, manipulations.

Oh also, stop asking everybody in the street their opinion on stuff they're clueless about.
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Some blonde on NBC (Michelle something?) did the same thing a few years ago. She's still reporting on NBC, saw her on the Today Show recently.
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The illusion of water depth was already broken when the camera panned out to show the cars what were only mid tire deep. They would have given it away even without the man walking through.

What I find funnier is the thought of what the guy that walked up was thinking as he approached a bunch of yahoos in boats.
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