Decision: Sure, go ahead and show the flag-draped coffin. We'll even throw in Bush & wife, with some nameless stranger for good measure.
Occasion: Greatest natural disaster to strike the United States. Dead bodies everywhere.
Decision: After thinking about it, FEMA decided not to take reporters and photographers along on rescue boats because they would take up valuable space in the recovery effort. [Reuters]
Occasion: Reporters reporting on rescue efforts of National Guard units. MSNBC's Brian Williams reports:
While we were attempting to take pictures of the National Guard (a unit from Oklahoma) taking up positions outside a Brooks Brothers on the edge of the Quarter, the sergeant ordered us to the other side of the boulevard. The short version is: there won't be any pictures of this particular group of guard soldiers on our newscast tonight.
Decision: There will be NO reporting.
Occasion: BBC crew gets a boat and goes looking for stories and survivors. They find all that and more. Or less. They report:
It seems quite incredible to me that we are the only boat in a neighbourhood like this. In almost every street that we have gone into, there are people like this family with so many needs.
Decision: No, don't show that. Show this instead.
[NOLA Sgt. Smith of New Orleans in the 2800 block of Calhoun Street with a rescued cat.]
Occasion: The returning dead from the Iraq War.
Decision: What dead from the Iraq War?
[Thanks to Memory Hole.]