[2009 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards.]….and last I would like to “Tank” Casey Anthony….

….and last I would like to tank Casey Anthony….for being herself, and finally the community for putting up with our push and shove media mentally that got us here tonight!

Team coverage of the Casey Anthony story has brought two Central Florida TV stations Emmy nominations.

WFTV-Channel 9 was cited for “Caylee Anthony Found.” WESH-Channel 2 was recognized for “The Case Against Casey.”  The two stations are the only nominees in the team coverage category of the 2009 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards.
*** On Camera Talent — Reporter: Bob Kealing of WESH for “Case Against Casey Enterprise Composite.”

Do they really think that community feels the local stations are

*** Feature News Report:

*** Breaking news:

…and other catchy trailers that weave in and out of out daytime and prime time viewing.

The local and cable media is doing exactly what most of them implied the Anthony family of…cashing in on Caylee Marie.

I wonder if the new arena will be done in time for Dec. 5, event…

lets face facts here…it’s the only venue that might and I use

the term lightly, that would be ale to contain such egos these anchor people poses.


what do you think… yes there are plenty of bloggers,  but most of the blog sties are not revving

any monetary benefit..Remember awards sometimes come with a bonuses to the person nominated.


p.s to the readers who informed me that i misspelled the word “Thank”, here is my blanket response

[2009 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards.]….and last I would like to “Tank” Casey Anthony….”  tittle was written to be with the word tank  …not thank…]

In reference to the local media obsession with “shock n Awe” style reporting – I say “Res ipsa loquitur” another words, please avoid pandering to lurid curiosity…….

I figured out why I did not remember WKMG, in my youth it ws known as WDBO.
the fact that, the station change callsign to WKMG in honor of longtime
Washington Post publisher, Katharine M. Graham. Why, I'll get to that later...

With that out of the way the reason for this post is to address my on going
disagreement with how the media covers local news issues.

When does a story become News? Why is one story covered more than another?
Do commerical and recuitment advertising revenue trump our communities right
to know the whole truth, whether the person whom the story is about fits the criteria
the media outlets want populated on their websites. Do website revenues mean more
to editors and publishers, than mental, physical or social wellbeing of community,
when they claim to be looking out for us, or are they really looking out for Number 1.
As in ranking number 1.

I have written more in the past six months, than I did althrough grade school.
I think if I am to learn anything from the news programs, is that the local stations
ratings hungry as their big brother affiliates.  The media, while covering the recent
suicides/homicide by two central florida residents chose to air the security video footage.
The airing of the video may not fall under any legislative law, but in a cynical attempt
to increase ratings, it place them on a slippery slope.

The story posted on the TV stations respective websites and in their evening broadcast
stated what happen, "Res ipsa loquitur", adding the video footage was not unnecessary.
So when 26-year-old Jason Kevin McCarthy, was found Monday at the same shooting/pratice
range in Casselberry, FL., with a gunshot wound to the head. At the time of the story was first aired,
the video footage was not released by FDLE.

The TV station that originally broke the story, offered, that they would update their website,
if the video footage was be made available. I found this paragraph, in which  it addressed,
the ever increasing diregard for the vitims and their families.   I refer to this -

               "The privilege of broadcasting carries with it a fiduciary duty
 (an assumption of trust) and a mandate to act in the public interest.
 Broadcasters, then, are subject to the same or more stringent limits
 as private citizens—there is no “extra” protection afforded them.
 The law on intentional infliction of emotional distress, while vague,
 involves behavior so outrageous that it “shocks the conscience”
 and therefore doesn’t have a place in a “civilized society.” Standards
 have also been created that address “depraved indifference”
 towards a victim or the “reckless disregard” of another’s well-being." [1]

Another example is The latest attempt of "on air" trump game, I titled -"One friend sent
the email, The friend who recieved the email, subsequently threw the sender of the email
under the perverbial bus.

WFTV-Channel 9, reported in its noon news on Tuesday that Orlando might have its first
case of swine flu. The swine-flu information came in an e-mail from Florida Hospital's
chief medical officer, who was addressing another flu strain, when content of Dr. Lauran Hauck's
email was taken out of context and posted on twitter.

WFTV's news director Bob jordon, posted -
"UPDATE: Orlando Swine flu patient is Mexican tourist who visited Walt Disney World."
- - And mean while, back at the south street ranch, WFTV reporter Kathi Belich said.

The patient: a tourist from Mexico who was visiting Disney." as if repeating misconstrued
information again, would make the story come true.

While it took over eight hours for WFTV to Update their story on the web, it took only half that
time for the competition to offer blame, even though for they themselves followed the twit,
twittering into the Internet abyss. As of this writing, the search found 6,190 links, sending
people to websites all over the globe.

  "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect
   a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.[2]

When will the TV News stations adhere to the principle of limitation means that some weight needs
to be given to the negative consequences of full disclosure. To Recognize that gathering and reporting
of the news may cause harm or discomfort, to avoid pandering to lurid curiosity. The pursuit of a news
story is not a license for arrogance.

I figured out why I did not remember WKMG, in my youth it was known as WDBO. the fact that,
the station change callsign to WKMG in honor of longtime Washington Post publisher,
Katharine M. Graham. Daughter of Eugene Meyer, and owner of record in 1933 of the Washington
Post Company.  WKMG is owned and operated by Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc a subsidiary
of the Washington Post Company. 
By honoring Ms. Graham, they also have the duty to uphold the honors that were bestowed upon her,
including but not limited to the "Elijah Parish Lovejoy" award. The award represented Mr. Lovejoy's 
dual commitment to both freedom and freedom of the press , in his supported the freeing and emancipation 
of slaves. During his career as a journalist and owner of the Alton Observer, his well known protest 
against the hanging of a free African American man, whom at the who was jailed in suspicion of murder.
Based on the judges instructions to the Grand jury, no legal action was taken. At the time of his death, 
by murder,  Lovejoy had been chased, shoot at and his press was set afire. Lovejoy was considered  
a martyr by the abolition movement.  The Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award, given annually by Colby College,
Lovejoy's alma mater, honors a member of the newspaper profession who has contributed to the nation's 
journalistic achievement.... 
I do not think Ms. Graham, or Mr. Loyjoy would approve of the format  the local TV stations have 
adopted, least of all that of WKMG.

[1] Preston Coleman, PhD
[2] Aikens v. Wisconsin, 195 U.S. 194, 205, 206.
[3] orig. WFTV 19311020 story Id.
Posted: 10:41 am EDT April 28, 2009
Updated: 6:38 pm EDT April 28, 2009
[4] Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ Code of Ethics









Decadent and Depraved indifference Channel 9, Story was not ready for airtime. Period

 Responding to this post, “Swine flu: Is there a case here or not?”

The Decadent and Depraved indifference Channel 9 showed when airing this particular story has place a community on the edge of their seats, and the local medical officials scratching their heads.

My I ask if anyone has ever held the local media , and in this case WFTV9,  accountable for their blatant disregard for accurate attribution of statements made while reporting this story. I think I know the answer, and it is not a positive one.  Therefore, whether a story is Breaking News, Just in, First on the Scene or a follow up to previous broadcast, or their website, each newsroom usually has an ombudsman.  – Any bets on who this might be at WFTV.

Which bring up this topic – Harm limitation principle, the harm limitation deals with the questions of whether everything learned should be reported and, if so, how.  This principle of limitation means that some weight needs to be given, to the negative consequences of full disclosure.

This story was not ready for airtime.  Again, these are the people covering our community everyday, not everyday do we have “a server weather day,” but it seems the studio set signage is permanent.  I guess when what this station I will have to what cable news to confirm what is real and what is make believe. Final note to self, “with Walt Disney in our backyard, maybe the stations are hiring from their laid off employee pool.

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