Dumbasses In Mainstream Media
posted at 5:53 pm on February 12, 2013 by Duane Patterson
The Christopher Dorner manhunt shifted into high gear this afternoon as the fugitive was spotted and engaged in a gunfight with deputies and other law enforcement on Bear Mountain in Southern California. KCBS/KCAL, two sister stations that share reporters and resources, decided to go with the editorial decision to broadcast live from the scene, instead of using the standard delay.
One of their reporters was on a cell phone while the shooting began, and after a few F bombs hurled his way, the reporter got the hint that law enforcement was requesting in the strongest possible way that for his own safety, perhaps he could relocate with all haste to a vantage point that might not get him killed in the crossfire. As a media person myself, I noticed that ten seconds of running the feed through a delay was not going to deprive the viewing public of learning what was going on in the story, and there really is no good reason not to use the delay.
But after that call, about 30 minutes later, the mistake was compounded by whoever isn’t directing the ongoing news story, when the anchor broke into the phone call of the same reporter on site to bring you this important piece of information:
For those of you who wonder why radio shows screen phone calls, or at least try to, this would be why. KCAL, next time, hit the delay and count to ten, and then tell us what you want to tell us. No one’s going to care who was first by how many seconds when the story is over, and you won’t look anywhere as foolish. And you won’t owe the feds quite so much in fines.