Should journalists stay out of Haiti?

Noam Scheiber wonders whether the large numbers of journalists and various global news personnel are making the situation worse in Haiti:

Still, as of yesterday, CNN and CBS both had about 50 staffers in Haiti, and Fox had 25. (ABC and NBC almost certainly had similar numbers but we were unable to obtain them;  the major papers were considerably more restrained, with The New York Times and Washington Post both claiming about ten employees.) Given the sheer number of reporters descending on the country, and the earthquake’s toll on its already substandard infrastructure, it’s hard to believe the reporters aren’t at least delaying the arrival of relief workers and supplies.

Scheiber recommends some kind of pool system for reporting on disasters, which does seem to make sense.

-John

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