Among the many strange things about yesterday’s “PR exec posts racist tweet" story is the fact that — while news sites, blogs and Twitter users around the world reported and discussed her tweet, and noted that she was on a 12-hour flight to Cape Town and apparently blissfully unaware of the Interenet shitstorm that was about to ruin her life — not one tabloid or news outlet apparently sent a reporter or photographer (or hired a stringer) to document what happened when she landed at the airport, turned on her phone, and found out what had gone down.
In fact, seems that only one guy — a twitter user named “zac_r” — had the foresight to go over to the airport and talk to those waiting to meet her her flight, and document what happened when she landed in a series of tweets. He interviewed her father, described and photographed Ms. Sacco and her distressed behavior and conversations, and even got yelled at by her brother — only to be defended by her tearful father. It was like a bizarre little saga in it’s own right.
Now all the next-day news stories are quoting "zac_r’s" tweets and using his photos (I hope he gets paid for that?) because he was the only one in the world who walked over to a public space and documented the very thing that millions of Twitter users (under the hashtag #hasjustinelandedyet) were waiting for.