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WA Times

Here comes the fly-by media. Preliminary use of diminutive drones is under way among those who see the potential of drones in news gathering, not to mention invasive “gotcha”-style journalism. Deadline Detroit — “a homegrown media revolution” manned by former veteran journalists — has already used footage made by “Tretch5000,” an anonymous hobbyist who used a camera-mounted drone to peek inside abandoned housing and old civic buildings, producing a telling video vignette.

“There’s a part of me that finds this kind of creepy and fraught with ‘big brother is watching’ issues. While we might trust public radio journalists and academics, there were rumors earlier this week that TMZ had purchased a drone to assist in its paparazzi-style coverage of celebrities,” says Vince Duffy, chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Association.

“But why wouldn’t they get one? Could websites that cover celebrities resist the urge to fly drones over celebrity weddings, outdoor red carpets, and beaches where starlets might be caught topless?” Mr. Duffy asks.

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  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 4th, 2012

    Don’t believe drones should be protected by the first amendment. If they are, then I AM A REPORTER and my 30th story Nikon-equipped telescope is a drone.

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  2. hanoverfist

    December 4th, 2012

    I was hoping the title meant…..

    Well,you know.

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  3. Uncle Dirt

    December 4th, 2012

    It will open up a whole new style of skeet shooting.

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  4. RANDO

    December 4th, 2012

    Make sure your window screens are in good shape…

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  5. even steven

    December 4th, 2012

    @Uncle Dirt… that was my thought, too. If I see one of those hovering around my house, I’ll shoot it down. When it lands on my property, it’s mine, then I’ll sell the salvagable parts on ebay or craigslist.

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  6. Bad Brad

    December 4th, 2012

     
  7. Twellsy

    December 4th, 2012

    “While we might trust public radio journalists and academics…”. Yea, right. You mean the same Pure Bullshit journalists that got jugears re-elected? And academics? The same ones who gave 90% of their political donations to blowbama? Ok.

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  8. well

    December 4th, 2012

    me too, hanny, definitely weaponized

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  9. Dadof3

    December 4th, 2012

    Anything hovering over my property is fair game and I’m a great shot.

    Wouldn’t sell it. I’d mount it on my trophy wall like the rest.

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  10. Carlos The Jackal

    December 4th, 2012

    Air space over my home has been designated (by me) to be drone-free.
    So sorry about what’s going to happen to your nosy-ass machine.

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  11. "That Guy"

    December 4th, 2012

     
  12. Genl RIpper

    December 4th, 2012

    SURE, “journalists” should be allowed to use drones…..as long as I can use them for targets whilst trapshooting.

    PULL!

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  13. Bob M.

    December 5th, 2012

    Journalists drone enough as it is – they hardly need mechanical help at that, beyond a microphone… :roll:

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