PDA

View Full Version : Feds Drop Media Ban on Katrina Recovery



Devildogg4ever
09-10-05, 07:29 PM
Feds Drop Media Ban on Katrina Recovery



Challenged in court by CNN, the Bush administration agreed on Saturday not to prevent the news media from following the effort to recover the bodies of Hurricane Katrina victims.

The government won't, however, permit photographers to join them in boats or helicopters during the mission to recover bodies from flooded homes.

CNN filed suit against the Federal Emergency Management Agency in U.S. District Court in Houston late Friday, concerned about two statements made by government officials that day. The officials said they didn't believe it was right for the news media to show pictures of Katrina victims.

Terry Ebbert, New Orleans' homeland security director, said the recovery effort would be done with dignity, "meaning that there would be no press allowed." Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honore later said there would be zero access to the recovery operation.

In a hearing Saturday before U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison, Army Lt. Col. Christian DeGraff promised that recovery teams would not bar the media from watching. Satisfied, CNN agreed to put its case on hold.

"We believe very strongly in the free flow of information and felt it was necessary to have access to tell the full story," said Jim Walton, CNN Newsgroup president.

He said CNN has proven in this story and others that it doesn't put gratuitous images on the air.

Army Lt. Col. Richard Steele said that DeGraff's statement didn't represent a change in policy. Reporters can watch recovery efforts they come upon, but they won't be embedded with search teams.

"We're not going to bar, impede or prevent" the media from telling the story, he said. "We're just not going to give the media a ride."

Images of Katrina's victims have frequently been part of the story, and The Associated Press offered such pictures to its members on Saturday. None of them showed victims' faces. The AP picture of a dead body in a wheelchair, wrapped in blankets and resting near a wall, is one of most-remembered images of the tragedy.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=1114540

dcline
09-10-05, 09:15 PM
Do we really need to see anymore bloated bodies? The media needs to stop tugging on Americas heart strings. Everybody is doing there part to help out. It's not like the problems not going away anytime soon.

Joseph P Carey
09-10-05, 11:21 PM
Now, this is a man I could take orders from:
Army Lt. Col. Richard Steele said that DeGraff's statement didn't represent a change in policy. Reporters can watch recovery efforts they come upon, but they won't be embedded with search teams.
"We're not going to bar, impede or prevent" the media from telling the story, he said. "We're just not going to give the media a ride."

It is more than likely, the Army will tell the private boat owners not to take the reporters with them as well. Let us see how long it will take ABC, or CNN, to bring in their own boats.

KingDonkeyPunch
09-11-05, 12:16 AM
As far as I'm concerned, the troops should have a shoot on sight policy for both looters and media types alike. They are both scum as far as I see it.