Reporters Who "Burn" Sources
If you look down this page you will find a blog entry titled "Calling 9-1-1".
I wrote this a couple of weeks ago after a call was made to my mother (who is both aged and has altzheimer's disease) by a Springfield City Official. I simply could not believe that employees of the city would call little old confused ladies and accuse them -- in essence -- of committing a crime.
After I contactedTony Messenger at the Springfield News Leader, I was then called by the "health" reporter for the paper, Kathleen O'Dell. Now -- to begin with, I admit that I don't have very much respect for health reporting nowadays, either in the paper, or from other outlets like KYTV. In general, although they sometimes get it right, more often than not they peddle a bunch of woo-woo to an unsuspecting public. The reporters don't know what they are talking about, they don't bother checking to find out the facts, and they just write, or broadcast, a cutsie feel-good story.
When I talked with Kathleen I gave her all the details I knew at the time. She of course, promised to get back to me. And of course, never has. And I have a lot more information now.
This is why people don't trust reporters, buy newspapers, and generally hold all the news media in very low regard.
I have been "burned" as a source of information by O'Dell. I have a long memory, and it won't happen again. I made a mistake by not telling every other news outlet about the story and putting some commercial pressure on her.
As for the story? It has disappeared. Not important. Not significant. Maybe city leaders denied it. Maybe they lied about the whole thing.
How would the reporter know ... and most importantly, how would I as a consumer of news know?