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Bug #358 closed:corrected

KCBS quotes two unknown people at Israel protest

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This bug appeared in a news report published by KCBS.com on Jun 1, 2010. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Error of Omission

Why didn't this story identify the two people with whom the reporter spoke at the scene of the protest?

Here's the segment in question:

Protesters in San Francisco were separated by metal barricades and lines of police.  It was a loud, but peaceful demonstration.

"I’m outraged about what’s happened in Gaza and especially to have a humanitarian effort being sabotaged like this," said a pro-Palestinian demonstrator.

The crowd was heavily pro-Palestinian, but there were also people who showed their support for Israel.

"I believe this whole thing is bogus what’s going on here right now," said an Israeli supporter.

The failure to identify or further describe these two sources, the only two quoted from on the scene, undermines the credibility of the story. If the identities of the two sources are purposely being withheld by KCBS, then the story should state so and, ideally, why.

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Response

Mark Follman has contacted KCBS.com

Bug History

Jun 03, 2010 12:47 pm Open Mark Follman
Jun 03, 2010 3:54 pm Open: Under Discussion Ed Cavagnaro
Jun 03, 2010 4:26 pm Closed: Corrected Mark Follman

Discussion Leave a comment

 

Yes, the people interviewed should have been identified in the website version of the story, as they were in the on-air report. In fairness to the webwriter, he didn't have the spelling of the names. We still have to remind our broadcast reporters that we need the spelling of the names of interview subjects for the text versions of the story.

-Ed Cavagnaro, Director, News and Programming, KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

Jun 03, 2010 3:54 pm

Thanks for the clarification, Ed — I've also now added the MP3 of the on-air report you emailed to me (under "attached files" above).

Jun 03, 2010 4:25 pm