Cyber-Buzzards“In the immediate aftermath of Thursday’s shooting, [NY Daily News reporter Jason] Silverstein tweeted to four people who said they were at Umpqua Community College during the incident and asked for their accounts. He was quickly called out as ‘desperate’ and worse on Twitter.
“The derision, however, didn’t bother him. ‘I’m used to it by now, since I have to cover such events with unfortunate frequency,’ he said, adding: ‘It’s our job. And it’s a job that needs to be done regardless of some tweets calling you a scumbag. Those are going to come no matter what you do anyway.’
“‘You can’t be a reporter of, well, anything without doing lots of things that are perceived as rude. But what is the alternative?’”
—Paul Farhi, media reporter, “‘Vultures’ or reporters? After shooting, witnesses hit with media requests,” The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2015 (Image: Randy L. Rasmussen/Oregonian)
• Editorial Comment: It *is* a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.
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