Thursday, August 04, 2005

LR Resident: Little Rock TV News Crews Insensitive

This letter can be found in today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Letters section:

"Television news crews seem to be a bunch of loutish, rude, insensitive creeps who feel that they can barge in with cameras and lights wherever they want. That’s about the only nice way to describe what they did recently at a West Little Rock home.

A sad, defenseless young girl, already having to cope with an invasion of screaming police officers, [reportedly] cowered in an upstairs closet, probably thinking her life was about to come to a violent end to the accompaniment of probing reporters with lights, cameras and microphones.

Instead of showing some sensitivity and compassion, the TV crews showed up with their marked vehicles and spotlighted the house, even providing a map of how to get there so that the morbidly curious could hop in the car and drive by, thus adding more misery for the girl and her family. What can possibly be gained by the television outlets as they continue to pile on more misery to this family? KTHV, Channel 11 seems to be the worst offender, but the other two mainstream stations have been just as egregious with their continued repetitions of the story.

The Democrat-Gazette gave the story discreet coverage without using abusive headlines, much to the paper’s credit. The television stations deserve nothing but scorn. They should be ashamed of themselves. This girl and her family deserve compassion and empathy as the details emerge."

19 Comments:

At 8:25 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Journalists tend to be callous.

 
At 8:31 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newspapers tend to be self serving.

 
At 9:00 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well of course... it's about getting the story. Journalists tend to de-humanize the subjects of their stories... makes it easier to cope.

 
At 9:31 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV missed the story. How could they have been the worst?

 
At 10:00 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe it. TV crews showing up and covering a story about a woman putting a baby in an ice chest.. what were they thinking.. that's not news. How dare they.

 
At 10:03 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure it's news.

But do reporters ever turn it around... and think how they would want to be treated... if a news crew came to THEIR house? Nope.

 
At 10:03 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person who wrote the letter makes it sound like news crews just stormed inside with cameras rolling. No one went inside. Just shot from the street. How is that intrusive. Crews were doing their jobs. Had this been in a different neighborhood, there would probably be no discussion of this at all.

 
At 10:04 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't hide a baby in an ice chest. Don't do stupid s*** and the media won't show up at all.

 
At 10:27 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the above poster... where WOULD you hide a baby ?

 
At 10:37 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago in another market there was a fatal house fire. All the stations covered it (always did) except for the one I was working at. They elected not to cover it because one of the victims in the house was related to one of our producers. News Director told me it was a courtesy to the producer and her family not to cover the fire. Funny how she didn't think it was wrong to cover all the other fatal housefires by sticking a camera in their face.

 
At 10:39 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News judgement is just that... sometimes right and sometimes wrong.

 
At 10:43 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The letter writer is angry that the news crews "showed up in their marked vehicles..."

Would un-marked cars have been better?

 
At 11:12 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a neighbor, friend or family member that didn't like looking out thier window and seeing news vans. My guees is they never watched the coverage at all.

 
At 11:52 AM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the Demgaz require a subscription to old news? Their website is nothing more then a copy of today's paper. they don't update it.

 
At 12:58 PM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't imagine anyone enjoying being the subject of a newscast.

 
At 1:29 PM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People love to be the subject of a newscast!

 
At 1:44 PM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it depends on the newscast... but most people would rather be in the background. TV people can't fathom that because they crave attention.

 
At 3:20 PM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do think that KTHV screwed up when they had to tell everyone that the girl's monther position at their church. That was uncalled for. Things like this happen to everyone, even if you go to church and are a christian. People make wrong decisions. I think KTHV was trying to stir something up by going to the church to get a statement.

 
At 5:38 PM, August 04, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The girl's mother is the Director of the church's child care center. Her daughter killed her own child in a horrible way. The fact that they're "Christian" had nothing to do with it. A comment would have been sought if she had been in charge of a state-run facility, I assure you.

 

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