Ankle-deep in danger

Staged news
In October NBC’s Today show covered the floods in New Jersey with a live shot of correspondent Michelle Kosinski, who was paddling a canoe. As she was paddling, “two men walked between her and the camera—making it appear the water where she was floating was barely ankle-deep” (as was noted by the Associated Press). Today host “Matt Lauer struggled to keep a straight face, joking about the ‘holy men’ who were walking on water.” Co-host Katie Couric asked, “Have you run aground yet?” Kosinski herself “stayed with the discourse, asking, ‘Why walk when you can ride?’” AP quoted an NBC spokeswoman who assured us that Kosinski had earlier been riding in deeper water.

Not wanting to take away from the real danger some reporters face in Iraq or when hurricanes take surprising turns, we join the company of those who are weary of the staged footage of intrepid, wind-blown correspondents.


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