A News Story is not an Endorsement

Print
Email
|

by wfaa

wfaa.com

Posted on July 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Q:  Racism is more blatant in this country than ever before and the reality is that it is hatred. Your coverage of the Idiot flying the flag just gives more attention to this hatred. In the past there have been Presidents who are Democrats, and the deficit is nothing new. It was there during previous administrations. Your Steve Stoler references the deficit as if every dime was added after the election. I think your coverage over all is one sided in most stories. However, I found this story to be the most offensive because of the part you play. I stopped watching FOX for the same reason and you are now in the same category.  
Allison

Q:  I saw the piece you did on the Trophy Club resident flying an “Obama Sucks” flag.  I think that’ s going to catch on!  Where can I find one? Thanks and please let me know.
Larry

A:  A news story is not an endorsement of a particular position.  Rather it is up to the viewer to draw conclusions.  Someone flying a flag such as the one mentioned in News 8 Reporter Steve Stoler’s is unusual, to say the least.  We believed it was newsworthy due to the controversy it sparked among neighbors, however the reporter did not advocate a position one way or another. One viewer said they believed our coverage to be one-sided.  It would be helpful to provide specific examples that we could comment on as opposed to speaking in generalities (i.e. “most stories”). We want to serve viewers with credible, responsible, timely journalism.  If a viewer believes we do not, it would certainly be instructive to examine their rationale and understand why they feel that way.

The door is always open here, and we always appreciate viewers’ comments. Thank you for taking the time to write, and for sharing your candid thoughts.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Trophy-Club-homeowners-Obama-flag-stirs-emotions-125177929.html

Print
Email
|