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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


不符合常識的報導

幾年前,台北一份晚報頭版大篇幅報導一則發生於南台灣的高山症意外,這新聞竟然長到用整版來報導。一位年輕的屏東科技大學助理教授到鄰近的台東山區尋找已瀕臨絕種的台灣黑熊。根據報導,在海拔1,000公尺處這位女老師突然得了高山症,同事趕緊打電話向警方求援,台東警局便派直升機到太武山尋人,直升機中有兩名醫務人員、完備的急救箱,但就是沒有氧氣筒。沒想到飛行員怎麼也找不到她,弄到最後是讓兩名醫務員先下飛機,在山上過了一夜;報導就此結束,全篇詳細引用了這位助理教授與和她一起登山的同事們的談話。

I was stunned when I read perhaps the worst news story in history. Reporters simply did not know no one can get mountain-sick unless he is above the timber line at the very lowest, which is about 3,000 meters. The young lady simply could never have mountain-sickness. Did they make the story up? Unlikely. Their copy was read by copy readers. Didn’t the copy readers have that little piece of common knowledge under their thick skull? Unbelievable! What about her fellow scientists who have to climb a mountain from time to time on a field trip? Didn’t they know mountain-sickness could be cured the moment the victim was lowered to an altitude below the timber line? How come the paramedics didn’t carry an aqualung or two with them, knowing the victim was mountain-sick. The police were asked for help by phone. Didn’t the caller tell them exactly where she was? How could the chopper pilot leave the paramedics in the middle of nowhere to do exactly nothing while staying overnight? Did they agree and obey the order obediently like two running dogs, though they knew full well they would be stranded there for the night? Those who produced the story were idiotic press workers. They can never hope to be cynics.

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