The scoop

Originally published in MIT's The Tech Blogs on March 27, 2011

CNN cameraman faces gun, has camera smashed in Libya hotel

By staff

March 27, 2011 5:37 p.m. EDT

Government: Libyan woman who alleged rape to journalists released

By the CNN Wire Staff

March 27, 2011 6:22 p.m. EDT

A journalist/news organization’s ultimate dream come true: the super, horrifying breaking news story rushing into your lap.

How lucky!

Not only does this Libyan woman have the ultimate source’s experience/report to tell, but she is also willing and able to tell it to the world [able despite the trauma of a gang rape], and she happens to know where the foreign press resides, AND she is strong enough to break into the building, past security and all [SuperWoman, truly], AND she happens to know English enough to recount her story to the foreign press.

No really, how fortunate all this is, all things considered.

Is it just me, or our news media is feeling increasingly like spectacle?…

[Please note, CNN could not independently confirm her story].