Video: US networks bungle Oscar coverage

2013-02-20 10:41
South African TV producer Andre-Pierre du Plessis, who is based in New York, has compiled a video of various blunders and mistakes made by US news stations covering Oscar Pistorius' murder charge.

The video, titled 14 Things Oscar Pistorius Coverage Can Teach You About Working In TV News, comprises various shots from different television networks around the US and showcases mispronunciation, spelling and factual errors as well as the disregard for some basic journalistic practices.

In the descriptor of the video, Andre-Pierre writes: "As news broke that Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder, American TV news producers and anchors did their best to get the facts right. Only Brian Williams succeeded."

Some of the news networks that are slammed for their mistakes include CNN, ABC News and Fox News, which are some of the biggest news networks in the US.

Throughout the week, Andre-Pierre also highlighted various mistakes made by journalists and news networks on his Twitter page.

He also pointed out that many stations have used continuous footage from eNCA without crediting them, and that CNN had been the only network to issue credit to the African news broadcaster.

The video has been featured on many US sites such as Buzzfeed, and has been praised locally by many.

Take a look at the video here:

14 Things Oscar Pistorius Coverage Can Teach You About Working In TV News from André-Pierre du Plessis on Vimeo.

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