Sunday, December 23, 2018
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!!! NEWSIE HOT MIC COMMENTS AFTER DEADLY TRAFFIC TRAGEDY INFURIATES KANSAS CITY!!!
A deadly traffic tragedy in Blue Springs last night sparks in even more heartache and furious condemnation of TV news decorum inadvertently broadcast to viewers watching the horrific situation unfold.
To wit . . .
LAST NIGHT KSHB SCRAMBLED TO APOLOGIZE FOR INSENSITIVE COMMENTS THEY INADVERTENTLY BROADCAST BUT WERE QUICK TO THROW ANOTHER NEWSIE UNDER THE BUS!!!
A look at some of the outrage . . .
"The absolute worst reporting and handling of a tragic story. Horrible questions and coverage. Really really low."
"That was the worst reporting I’ve ever seen..... absolutely horrible. I feel they owe that family an apology. I’m absolutely saddened for this family and to handle the reporting in that matter was nothing but disrespectful."
"The laughing in that clip was disgusting."
Here's the sitch according to a few sources and local TV station insiders . . .
During a live broadcast a TV newsie was joking with an officer at the scene and their not-so-witty banter could be heard by the live audience.
Here's the tricky party . . . The flirty tittering belonged to a reporter for another station and was picked up by 41 Action News.
Accordingly, KSHB was the first to apologize for the incident but also OUTED the reporter in question with this statement. Here's their quote:
"The comment at the end of our live shot during the 10 p.m. newscast Saturday is regrettable, but no employee of 41 Action News laughed or made a comment in poor taste. Our microphone picked up a conversation involving another station's reporter and we deeply regret that it aired."
They didn't have to identify the source of the comments as another reporter, they merely needed to note that it wasn't their people coming through on the audio. This should be a reminder that collegial respect in KCMO is rare and small market life can be cutthroat.
Now, here's where the sitch gets even more curious . . .
Social media denizens and Kansas City insiders note that Fox4 newsie Shannon O'Brien was the only female newsie on the scene. In fairness, her report is professional and informative without a hint of giggling.
And this brings us to our Sunday journalism vs. social media vs. real life question . . .
SHOULD KANSAS CITY MEDIA NEWSIES MAINTAIN STAUNCH SOLEMNITY ON THE SCENE OF A DEADLY TRAGEDY?!?
EVEN OFF CAMERA?!?!
Remember that in real life most people give each other the benefit of the doubt during tough situations and often laugh to break tension.
Gallows humor might not go over online, despite TKC's best efforts, but people respond differently to tragedy and judgements about sharing a moment of levity long after a tragic scene has been cleared are subjective at best.
A bit of guidance from our blog community on the topic . . .
"In this day and age of Facebook live, Periscope, Snapchat etc. The mic is always hot."
You decide . . .