The Shotgun Blog
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Never Become the Story
And other bits of journalistic wisdom that have long been forgotten:
Le Devoir reports that some 20 Canadian journalists camped out on the grounds of our Embassy in Port-au-Prince — which is being protected by members of the Canadian Forces — have been asked by staff to leave as soon as possible.
A Québec journalist, reached by Le Devoir’s Helene Buzzetti — president of the parliamentary press gallery — says: “It’s a warning, but I don’t think they’ll move on it. They’re just urging us to find some other place. They see us as getting in their way.”
For his part, Prime Minister Harper’s spokesperson, Dmitri Soudas, told Ms. Buzzetti:
“The priority for our diplomats is to help those in greatest need… those who’ve been affected by the earthquake… Water and food will be given to everyone… and the journalists can stay, but if they can find some other place, it would be greatly appreciated.”
Posted by Richard Anderson on January 20, 2010 | Permalink
Once again, Mr. Harper makes a wise and fair decision. What makes these journalists think they have any right to expect food or water from the Embassy? In an extreme emergency perhaps, but that time has passed. Now they will have to fend for themselves. They should have arrived better prepared. But watch the media spin this to make Mr. Harper look like a villain and themselves as innocent victims.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-01-20 7:47:10 PM
What kind of hyperbolic army doesn't travel with its own supplies?
I think all the damage is a few buildings shot from many angles, it never happened, like 911, the moon landing, jfk.....
Posted by: Regan Pill | 2010-01-20 8:28:00 PM
The journalists should have been more prepared before going into a disaster zone. It's obvious to everyone that there are severe shortages of food and water in Haiti and that the government needs to focus on saving the locals first. So if you are a journalist be prepared to fend for yourself, otherwise do not go.
Posted by: Sheldon | 2010-01-20 8:28:29 PM
The journalists are part of the problem. They will expect to be fed and housed. They will expect the government to look after them and to protect them. They will blame Stephen Harper if they come to harm and are not rescued fast enough by Canadian resources. Just as happened in Lebanon, they'll accuse the Prime Minister of not sending planes or ships to get them to safety. In my opinion, the first, second,..., nth priority must be to save Haitian lives. Just wait to see what happens when the thievery and murdering really get out of hand.
Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2010-01-20 9:52:43 PM
Losers. Let'em starve.
Posted by: Philanthropist | 2010-01-20 11:38:36 PM
Did anyone read the complaints from Ontarians about the relief efforts in Haiti in this morning's Toronto Star (of course)?
These comments come from the same people who depend on the military to shovel their snow. Even more pathetic than is customary for the Ontario people who illegally occupy native land. Either smarten up or leave for Europe, Asia, Africa or the Caribbean. Is anything good enough for white Ontario?
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-01-21 7:16:52 AM
"It's obvious to everyone that there are severe shortages of food and water in Haiti and that the government needs to focus on saving the locals first."
It's only obvious because the journalists were there to report on it in first place. Otherwise it wouldn't be so obvious.
Posted by: Nothing New Under the Sun | 2010-01-21 7:31:47 AM
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