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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, October 14, 2010

Feelings override facts

Hundreds of journalists from all over the world gathered in Chile's Atacama Desert to witness the rescue of the miners. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung criticises their coverage of the rescue operation as over-emotional: "In this age of global imponderability a nation is celebrating its role as the last liberator while the journalists wallow in emotion. ... And the media channels were wide open to psychological experts. Astoundingly they knew long before the rescue of the miners how people who had been trapped for so long will feel over the coming days and months. The media world is sinking into a swamp of subjectivism and speculation. Without doubt we can rejoice about the wonders of technology and this day of liberation. But the discrepancy between the value of the information and the technical and logistical trouble the media companies have gone to to obtain it is grotesque. These resources are lacking in areas where there are less spectacular but important subjects."

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