Washington Post Gets it Right

Delia Lloyd at the Washington Post is the first MSM journalist to get it right.

She says that Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who committed suicide after being pranked by shock jocks from 2Day FM was well-respected by her colleagues, not being disciplined for the incident, not known to be depressed.

But no doubt there was buzz in the hospital about their celebrity patient.

So when the fairy tale princess goes into the hospital with acute morning sickness, we’re all on the edge of our seats, because there’s so very much riding on her being okay, not to mention the third-in-line-to-the-throne inside her womb.

Which is a heckuva lot to carry on your shoulders if you’re an immigrant nurse who happens to make the wrong decision on a phone call when you’re tired and trying too hard and haven’t quite mastered the language of the country you live in.

I question the assumption that language was a factor. Any working nurse knows that in the multi-tasks of every minute on the job you cannot be covering every base. The first priority is your patient’s physical well-being. You are not in a mode to screen accomplished liars performers who impersonate family members calling a maternity ward.

I wondered why Jacintha Saldanha or any nurse would be covering the phones– a task outside of her training. It could not have been her usual job. Nurses are much too expensive. An auto mechanic might pump your gas, but you wouldn’t pay their rates all day for that task. Jacintha must have been filling in while the unit secretary was on break.

The depressing part of this is that shock media will always be with us. It’s like trying to eradicate pornography. Not possible. But we should not allow corporate profiteers to monopolize the public communications.

Let the shock jocks lurk in a bathroom at a rest stop on the information highway.

The media monopolies want to own the on-ramps and set up toll booths as well. They need to be dismantled. Otherwise we will all be laughing at the next suicide while real news is cancelled for lack of ratings.

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