The Darien/Norwalk YWCA recently asked public-access station Darien TV79 to cover NPR counterterrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston‘s talk at its “Women of Distinction” luncheon. Volunteer TV79 program director Jim Cameron writes that he “made the mistake of suggesting to organizers that they clear our videotaping with Ms. Temple-Raston, expecting that a fellow journalist would certainly welcome coverage. Boy, was I wrong.” Cameron writes about the NPR reporter’s ban on television coverage:
You cannot promote your private, paid speaking business on the basis of your NPR work and then pretend that your comments are somehow private. Nobody came to pay $85 to hear you as an individual. They came to bask in the glory of your media aura.
If you brand yourself as part of NPR, your remarks should be open to public coverage. I’m guessing that you would tolerate no less in your own journalistic endeavors, would you?
Temple-Raston sent me this emailed response to Cameron’s story:
Together with the organizers, I requested that my remarks not be filmed during this private luncheon. I do take the point made by this reporter, and would just say in this instance, I didn’t want the added distraction of TV cameras.