Tune in for Breaking Guesstiments
In the Something is Happening in Haiti video, I think we all observed a decent (even though it may be slightly exaggerated example) of how sometimes TV news reporters and anchors jump to conclusions about what's happening in a news story because they are trying to get their station's the biggest (and hopefully most accurate) headline as quickly as possible. However, it seems that when this happens, the news gets twisted because of too many assumptions and possibly a breaking headline is accidently made out of a story that isn't even a story thats newsworthy at all (for example, was gathering a picnic or because of an important election).
I think another key point in this video was how a video clip can not only be lacking quality but also could lead to misinterpretations because of its lack of quality. The reporter didn't have the equipment needed to get a quality shot of the action going on. His blurry camera phone images forced him and the anchor to try to guess quickly what was going on in the crowd. This could cause another incorrect conclusion to be broadcasted. Also, even if the image hadn't been blurry, I think this example can help to remind us all that sometimes videos and pictures taken not only by TV news but also by newspaper reporters can sometimes be used to send the audience a different message than what was actually going on in the video/picture. Sometimes reporters twist these images even if they know the truth to make the story more dramatic or a better seller for their show/paper.