The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister writes about the emotions generated amongst reporters covering hurricane Katrina…
Like CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith, Williams took personally the federal government’s slow response to the catastrophic flooding caused by the breached levees.
On the air, all three made no effort to disguise their rage. Dropping the journalist’s traditional credo of objectivity, they indignantly demanded answers from flustered officials.
The anchors’ emotional, first-person reportage connected with viewers and attracted media heat, but did it change the TV-reporting form over the last year? Experts differ. Some say it was a one-time-only occurrence in response to a unique event. Others say it was an extension of an existing trend.