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Legal analysis lacking in coup coverage – Issues & Ideas – MiamiHerald.com July 19, 2009

Posted by ramosy in Uncategorized.

Parachuting into a foreign crisis can be journalistically treacherous, not least because, out of ignorance, you may get the story wrong. The Herald’s Frances Robles, a foreign correspondent with experience in the region, faced a particularly daunting situation as she landed two weeks ago in Honduras, faced with two men claiming to be president and an unusual coup.

Readers, meanwhile, had their own passionate views.

After her first story, retired Ambassador George Landau, who now lives in Miami, shot me a typical e-mail: ‘While Page 1 has a large-size headline, `Coup draws global outcry,’ the Metro section has a muted ‘Local Hondurans raise their voices.’ The headline in the Metro section fails to clearly state that local Hondurans were delighted by the military’s action and came out in great numbers to celebrate.

“I do not want to argue the pros and cons of this matter. My concern is with the biased reporting. Political correctness trumps good reporting, and not for the first time.”

Posted via web from Honduras: “The little country that could!”



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