Ellen Arnison: Lifting quotes from Twitter and Facebook isn’t journalism

“HERE’S some news just in.” The news channel anchor looked very grave and stuck her finger in her ear, so that she would make no mistake.

“We’re hearing that someone has left a message on Facebook. It’s on the special memorial page set up in the wake of today’s tragedy.

“It says: ‘Rest in peace, wee man. You’ll be missed.’ The commenter chose to remain anonymous.”

And the anchor, using her reserved-for-real-heartbreak face, held the camera’s gaze for the extra moment allowed for matters of great weight before moving to the next item.

This didn’t actually happen… but I once witnessed something very close.

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