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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    I think, in past eras, the press had higher professional standards, and more respect for privacy. This was before all day news channels that have theme music and graphics for each tragedy that comes along, with too many news outlets competing with one another for viewership, and resorting to the lowest common denominator to do so.

    I, personally, have already opted out of TV and get my news either online, or on the radio while driving. I found the above video on the CBS site, but I think most of the U.S. outlets are airing it.

    Gone are the days when the president could be in a wheelchair and carrying on with a mistress throughout his presidency, and the press corps would respect his privacy like they did for FDR. Perhaps that was a little extreme, but today the major new media have become tabloid and exploitive of any seamy factoid or sensationalistic video clip they can get their dirty hands on.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Very sensible liblady. I don't think this a question of legality, however although several countries do enforce legislation protecting an individual's privacy. Privacy at the moment of death (even when you have consented to being televised doing something dangerous) I would suggest would be covered by such legislation. I have no idea whether such laws exist in the US, but they do elsewhere.

    I think it's more a question of personal and professional ethics; those of the channel heads that have to weigh-up whether or not to broadcast. I don't know how it was handled in the US, but I became very upset at (still do, actually) at repeated showings, for no possible journalistic reason, of the planes crashing into the WTC. There is a BIG difference in showing something that has just happened for the information of viewers and showing something dramatic or traumatic for entertainment purposes. Even then, showing something for informative reasons must be tempered with a consideration of just how much the public has a right to see. I do not agree with the libertarian position that because something has happened everyone has the right to see it. There are other rights in play (the right to respect, privacy, etc) that should also be taken into account and, in this case, I believe such rights were ignored.

    Shame on those broadcasters who showed it. Let's name and shame them.
    I accuse Antena 3, Telecinco, La Sexta and RTVA in Spain of infringing this poor guy and his family's right to privacy and dignity. Anyone else care to extend the list?
    they are probably not violating anyone's rights, as the man was a participant in a televised event. that doesn't excuse them morally, however.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

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    It's See BS's choice.

    It's called freedom of information.

    At least CBS this information wasn't forged, something See BS has used before without qualm.

    Needless to say, since I don't waste time on See BS, I haven't seen the video of the athlete's last flight. I saw a very short clip of someone I presume was the athlete going down the luge, but since Fox is a news outlet with some senstivity to the sensibilities of it's viewership, it doesn't usually air the trash the other more sensationalist less fact oriented outlets, like See BS, puts out.

    Then again, Fox accounts for almost a full half of all news viewership, doesn't it?

    Think maybe there's a reason for that?
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    I don't know what to think of that. If I was in the luger's family I'd probably be really upset about it being on television.

    It is an interesting point about JFK. I remember watching a documentary last November where they showed his head exploding from the kill shot several times as if it was routine.

    I guess nothing is sacred anymore.
    All of JFK's immediate family are dead.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    All of JFK's immediate family are dead.
    Somebody better let Caroline know. Bitch still thinks she's alive.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Other.

    It's See BS's choice.

    It's called freedom of information.

    At least CBS this information wasn't forged, something See BS has used before without qualm.

    Needless to say, since I don't waste time on See BS, I haven't seen the video of the athlete's last flight. I saw a very short clip of someone I presume was the athlete going down the luge, but since Fox is a news outlet with some senstivity to the sensibilities of it's viewership, it doesn't usually air the trash the other more sensationalist less fact oriented outlets, like See BS, puts out.

    Then again, Fox accounts for almost a full half of all news viewership, doesn't it?

    Think maybe there's a reason for that?
    Freedom of Information is a wholly different matter. The "information" in this story was that the guy died. No one was objecting to that information being released. Watching the guy collide with the stanchion served no informative purpose whatsoever.

    As far as your blurb about CBS v. Fox News, like I could give a toss. I watch Al Jazeera.
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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Then again, Fox accounts for almost a full half of all news viewership, doesn't it?

    Think maybe there's a reason for that?
    haha Fox is such a joke. Whenever you employ people like Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck it shows how biased you are thus the reason a lot of people mock Fox.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Somebody better let Caroline know. Bitch still thinks she's alive.
    Well, someone correct that problem, then.

    Here's the difference, then:

    A president of the United States, even one as bad as JFK was, is an important historical figure. The general public is going to want to know exactly what happened, and they have a right to know.

    This guy on the luge is a nameless athlete to practically everyone, his death has no impact on anyone's life, outside of his personal circle of family and friends, and the only purpose See BS served was their salacious desire to be titillated by someone else's trauma.

    Professional news services should not cater to the sense of shadenfrued (sorry, can't spell German, the sense of elation at the discomfiture and bad luck of others) but rather establish a reputation for presenting the essential and relevant facts. See BS hasn't been a professional news orgnanization for decades, not since Walther Cronkite decided to interject his personal views on the Vietnam War.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by pro-bipartisan View Post
    haha Fox is such a joke. Whenever you employ people like Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck it shows how biased you are thus the reason a lot of people mock Fox.
    Yeah, whatever.

    Anyone who dismisses Beck either hasn't watched the show or is too ignorant to heed his lessons. He ain't perfect, but if he wasn't good, the losers on the Left wouldn't be ordered to hate him.

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    Re: What do you think of the media showing video of Olympic luger's death

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Yeah, whatever.

    Anyone who dismisses Beck either hasn't watched the show or is too ignorant to heed his lessons. He ain't perfect, but if he wasn't good, the losers on the Left wouldn't be ordered to hate him.
    He's like Limbaugh, he purposely makes inflammatory remarks, aimed at provoking a reaction, so he gets good ratings. Beck is easily the most radical person on FOX, and as such, he really is a lot like Limbaugh.
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