It appears that the editors sent her out to fake this story from her hotel room to rile up their readers re the "slaughter of the innocent seal pups!"
This is right out of chapter one of the Jayson Blair manual of how to get whacked out and write a sensational story in your hotel room.
"It appears that the editors sent her out to fake this story from her hotel room..."
Yes, overlooking the fact that she got the MAIN IDEA wrong, how was is she was going to be able to write about "water running red" etc. if she wasn't even there?
These reporters are getting very lazy. If they want to sit around in their pajamas and write they should become honest bloggers.