On CNN, the earliest on-scene pictures and words were provided by Jamal Albarghouti, a Virginia Tech graduate student from the West Bank. His cell phone pictures of police charging Norris Hall as shots rang out were broadcast and streamed over and over throughout the day.As pointed out by Detroit-based commentator Debbie Schlussel, Al-Barghouti is of the same family as Marwan Barghouti, who is now in prison for planning terroirst attacks. Young Al-Barghouti was cynical in manipulating this tragedy, and CNN is complicit.
By dinnertime, CNN was featuring Albarghouti standing on campus, microphone in hand, reporting from the scene as he talked with anchorman Wolf Blitzer, who was in the cable channel's Washington newsroom.
"Let's face it, right now, his material is still the best of the day in terms of capturing on video what took place there," Nancy Lane, CNN's vice president of domestic news, said last night.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Cynical manipulation of Virginia Tech tragedy
News media broadcast cell phone video captured by student Jamal Al-Barghouti, who likened the violence to that "suffered" by the so-called Palestinians. The Baltimore Sun reports: