Broadcasting: Riot Coverage, Plus & Minus

Since Watts, television stations have learned that the presence of lights, cam eras and reporters often inflame riot ers; and overdramatic coverage attracts more rioters to the scene. This summer the networks instructed their news staffs to be as unobtrusive as possible in riot areas, to travel in unmarked cars, to avoid the use of lights, and to cap their lenses when it was obvious that people were performing for the cam era. The Justice Department asked for cooperation in withholding news until violence was under control (TIME, July 14). Broadcasters were...

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