NBC was the only newscast to cover the discovery by investigative reporters at al-Jazeera that Yasser Arafat had most likely been assassinated using the radioactive poison Polonium-210. The import of Ayman Mohyeldin's report was undercut by the pandering clip that he used from 2004 to demonstrate that Arafat's death was a world-historical event. He did not really have to authenticate it by reminding us that Brian Williams had been on the scene in Ramallah to cover it before he acceded to the anchor chair.
When Todd Barnett, a Wyoming rancher, found out from his local newspaper that Mark and Kris Wathke had gone missing for six days in their car along the Beartooth Highway, he set off by snowmobile and found them within an hour. ABC's Alex Perez did not only fail to mention the name of the newspaper: he had the gall to credit Facebook with delivering the alert, since Barnett read the newspaper article through a social media posting.
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