Several other people who know Liberia far better than me have already taken the lovely people at Vice to task for their bizarre new travel guide to Liberia. If your internet connection is better than mine you can watch it for yourself here.
‘Idiot guerilla film-makers go to African country and make terrible film dripping with stereotypes’ is hardly unusual. What’s peculiar about this film is that it is part of a new partnership with CNN.
The staff at CNN.com has recently been intrigued by the journalism of VICE, an independent media company and Web site based in Brooklyn, New York. VBS.TV is Vice’s broadband television network. The reports, which are produced solely by VICE, reflect a very transparent approach to journalism, where viewers are taken along on every step of the reporting process. We believe this unique reporting approach is worthy of sharing with our CNN.com readers. Viewer discretion advised.
What the guy at CNN.com calls “transparent” and “unique” others have called “the most irresponsible, exploitative, morally bankrupt, stereotype-confirming, thinly-researched, dishonest—even harmful—parachute hack-job I’ve seen”.
What intrigues me is why CNN thought it would be a good idea to go into partnership with Vice. After all, this is their logo:
At CNN’s official launch in June 1980, Ted Turner recited a poem by Ed Kessler which, Turner believed, reflected the values of his new TV station:
“To act upon one’s convictions while others wait, to create a positive force in a world where cynics abound, to provide information to people when it wasn’t available before.”
Nothing about tits.