A reporter with a cellphone and Facebook gets stuck supplies to Puerto Ricans

A radio station’s report and video uncovering truckloads of donated goods for the people still suffering the effects of Hurricane Maria is getting some attention from the authorities who apparently let them sit.

The video showed truckloads of supplies that could be used, but obviously aren’t.

This is where CBS News’ David Begnaud stepped in. Begnaud, who’s won several awards as one of the few journalists still covering the disaster, went to the scene.

Then he provided a fine example of how “broadcast journalism” works in 2018. It’s a reporter in a hotel room, holding video he shot on his cellphone. (See video)

A few minutes after Begnaud’s Facebook broadcast, the authorities in charge put out a statement that the goods in the trailers were scheduled to be distributed in the next few days.

Begnaud wasn’t buying it.

This week the government acknowledged that more than 1,400 people died in Puerto Rico from the hurricane. Up until this week, it had insisted only 64 died.

  • Al

    This makes me feel so powerless.

  • Jack

    Imagine what the world would be without good journalists. Pretty scary thought.

  • lindblomeagles

    I guess the nation still hasn’t figured out that Trump doesn’t just dislike illegal Latinos. He doesn’t like ANY Latinos (see the Judge Curiel quote in 2016). His Administration is going to continue lagging relief to Puerto Rico until he AND the Republican Congress are swept right out of office.