Murdoch's NY Post Spanked by Olbermann

Hazmat specialist Jamie Holly explains why the NY Post's derisive coverage of Keith Olbermann's anthrax scare is a big deal [scathing video right]:



I am a formerly trained hazardous materials specialist and first responder. With that experience and knowledge under my belt, I can only say that the series of events Keith describes is right on. There are set out protocols on every incident and considering all field tests are not 100% accurate and only preliminary, you take all known precautions to make sure the victim(s) and scene are secure. That includes having the victim(s) go to the hospital for necessary testing.

The FBI asked that the media keep this story quiet and they abided by that, with the exception of the NY Post. The fact that the NY Post may have interfered with a federal investigation is not the most disturbing part. Even worse is the tone in which they reported it. The headline alone, "POWDER PUFF SPOOKS KEITH" could very well have caused more damage then the actual reporting. Not only did that headline alert the person who sent the letter that it did reach Keith, but it also makes it sound like the tactic was very effective. This now gives the person fuel to do more of these letters just for the "shock" value.
The Moderate voice has an exhaustive roundup of reactions to the Olbermann/NYPost incident. Happily, even Hugh Hewitt has enough sense to call for an apology from the Post.

[HT: Crooks and Liars, The Moderate Voice]

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