Oil Spill Makes Celebrities Out Of Reporters (NYT / Media Decoder)

A new CNN correspondent, Amber Lyon, and a new CNN contributor, Philippe Cousteau, wore hazardous-materials suits as they swam in the contaminated waters and tried to convey the grimy oil residue they were seeing. The murky live shots from underneath the sea made more than a few viewers chuckle, but they were memorable, and sometimes that’s the point. Every long-running news story mints new television stars, even if it is sometimes awkward to acknowledge that personal success can be born of a tragic event.

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