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?


The Father of Five said...

Don't even get me started with "the media"... I don't even watch the news anymore...

Names like "vultures", "buzzards" and "ambulance chasers" are handed out for a reason.

Shame on them for showing those kids on TV... No excuse.

The Father of Five said...

Oh, yeah... I forgot to add...

Good job alerting them to this!