Drama in Haiti: Reporters or Heroes?

Since the earthquake in Haiti last week, there has been an outpouring of good will coming out of everyone. However, a couple of journalists have stepped over to the other side of the camera in recent days and became part of the news.

Friday night, CNN's Sanjay Gupta, who has always claimed to be a doctor first and reporter second, got into a bit of an ethical bind with some media analysts when he began treating patients after all the sanctioned United Nations medical personnel left a hospital for the night.

Today I saw the footage above, showing Anderson Cooper saving an injured Haitian boy from harm.

I say good on both Gupta and Cooper, but especially for Gupta because I would be saddened if he didn't do anything to help that baby. It is never unethical to save a life.



At Friday, January 22, 2010 3:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has always been my opinion that to be a reporter you have to be wired a bit differently from the average person -- a spectator/record keeper without being too emotionally involved in the suffering or misery of others.
Dr.Gupta took an oath to save lives and in my opinion, and that should come second to chasing the story - it would be criminal if he had just stood around and watched a baby suffer - and the people wasting our time by questioning his journalistic integrity need to realize that sometimes it's just not about the story


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