Outrage over CNN’s coverage of crime scene
The Guardian reported that CNN has said it deeply regrets any distress caused by its report on the nursery killings in Thailand. CNN’s footage of the building’s blood-stained floor sparked a police investigation and a debate over how the media should cover such tragedies.
37 people died in the attack. Most were children.
The Guardian said CNN’s report has since been pulled. It was condemned by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand and the Thai Journalists Association.
Police reportedly launched an inquiry over allegations the crew entered the crime scene without authorization.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand released a statement that included a good question: Would one of CNN’s crews have behaved in the same way at a serious crime scene in the United States?
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, a former teacher in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.