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記者別自以為了不起

連常識都不足 更別提玩世不恭的批判精神
文 洪健昭 譯 張淑伶

能玩世不恭不容易,這樣的人對甚麼都不太滿意,總覺得世上沒有好事,大多用嘲諷的態度看待人情世事。要配上這樣的頭銜,記者得在每個領域都有博而淺的知識,批判的精神,而且終身致力追求各項知識。然而,有這等抱負的記者寥寥無幾。好吧,那把標準降低好了:即使是二流記者也得具備足夠的常識吧。放眼看去,符合這種標準的普通記者大概也不多。

Here are a couple of news stories that prove the dearth of C-average newspaper workers. (No examples need to be cited from TV news reporting, for average viewers can scarcely understand what anchorpersons are used to blabbing at an unbelievable speed.)

以下有幾個新聞報導的例子,足以說明我們連像樣的新聞工作者都很缺乏。(當然更別提電視新聞的播報品質,主播用飛快的速度胡說亂蓋,一般觀眾其實很難聽得明白。)

An afternoon paper in Taipei splashed its front page with a banner headline a few years ago. The top story of the day was so long as to cover the full page and it’s about a mountain-sickness case in southern Taiwan. A young lady, who was an assistant professor at a Pingtung institute of technology, joined in a field trip to a remote mountain in the neighboring county of Taitung in search of rare Formosan black bears, a very much endangered species. It was reported that she got mountain-sick at an altitude of a little more than 1,000 meters above sea level. So her colleagues called for police help. Taitung police sent a helicopter to Mount Taiwu to look for the lady suddenly taken ill. Two paramedics aboard the chopper were equipped with all kinds of first aid medicine and gear except an oxygen tank or a very small aqualung. And the pilot couldn’t locate her. In the end, he had to land the pair somewhere in the mountain and let them stay overnight there. That ended the story, though reporters wrote in detail what transpired among her and her fellow mountain-climbing scientists from the same institute of higher learning.

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