Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tacky News

I am pretty sure I am old now. I just sent a complaint email to one of our local news stations.

They were covering a story about a family rocked by a tragedy this morning. During the coverage they included a couple of really tacky and distasteful bits of video coverage from the scene of drowning of a dad who jumped into the river to pull out his kids who had fallen in the water.

First came the shot of the EMS workers frantically working on a man who would soon be declared dead. I really doubt if any family want that last, tragic moment broadcast for the world? Then the real kicker. they showed a short clip of the kids, not more than 5 or 6 years old, standing off to the side of the chaos and crying their eyes out. It was tasteless.

I sent a short email and got a polite response pretty quickly. That is good, I guess. But still... I know this was real life and the sad occurrence is news worthy. But grow some class when you are picking the video to air, 'kay?