ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Ellen Smith letter: Local media create news rather than report news

I continue to be amazed at the local press and the lengths they will go to get a story. Misrepresentation, providing one-sided stories, incorrect information, selecting only bits and pieces of information, completely wrong information, false accu...

I continue to be amazed at the local press and the lengths they will go to get a story. Misrepresentation, providing one-sided stories, incorrect information, selecting only bits and pieces of information, completely wrong information, false accusations, lies, ignorance of common facts and doing whatever you can do to "create a story" where there is none.

These news reporters sunk to a new low Thursday (Dec. 19) when they pulled up to an accident that had been reported over the police radio as a rollover on I-29. I have seen ambulance chasers in my day, but these people take the cake.

It was not a rollover, but that is what was reported on the news. The car that was filmed was the car that my parents were driving when they were hit by an 18-wheeler. Did these reporters think to check to see if they were OK when they made cute comments on TV about the wreck? Did they check their facts to see it was not a rollover? Gee, why start now?

Fortunately, I was only a few minutes from the scene of the accident and was able to get there quickly. When I saw the totaled car my heart stopped. I just knew my parents were seriously injured.

When I asked the WDAY reporter not to film the accident I was told to take it up with her boss. If her boss asked her to jump off a bridge and film herself on the way down to the pavement would she do it? I asked the reporter if those were her parents would "she" want them to be filmed? She just kept on filming.

ADVERTISEMENT

I realize there is not a lot of news around here, but filming bloody deflated airbags is not newsworthy and ignoring a relative's request to not film is inexcusable. My parents were bruised and shook up enough, they didn't need TV cameras there adding to the chaos. Sensationalizing an auto accident is downright sleazy. But sleazy sells, right? And facts, facts aren't relative in our local news.

Thank God for CNN and USA Today. If you wonder why people are leaving this area, maybe the local media should look at itself and the image it projects to this community. Is this what you call "Midwestern Values"?

In most cities, court cases are tried in the courts, not by an opinionated editor. The local media is to blame for giving free publicity to a small vocal group and taking small-town politics to a bigger audience. It seems it's not what you know, but who you know. While these antics might sell papers or boost ratings, it turns most people off. And quite frankly, no one cares about your opinion.

News is meant to be informative. Isn't it the weatherman's job to tell us the roads are icy? We don't need graphic visual displays and we don't need trash reporting. If I want that I can visit the local coffee shop or read the "Forum's opinion." While I disagree with your "style of reporting," I won't show the same immaturity or egotistic attitude and ask for your resignation.

Smith, Barnesville, Minn., is a member of the Barnesville School Board, which has been embroiled in a dispute over the district's superintendent. A Forum editorial on Friday called for her resignation and the resignations of board member Kevin Smith and board Chairwoman Loretta Szwediuk.

What To Read Next
'Coal ash contains contaminants like mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Without proper management, these contaminants can pollute waterways, ground water, drinking water, and the air.'
From migrant caravans to Hunter Biden's laptop to gay M&Ms to gas stoves, Republicans have something new to stew over every day
As Gov. Burgum, others rattle their sabers, Minnesota Democrats believe new law doesn't violate U.S. Constitution
North Dakota's judges rank near the bottom in pay and salaries aren't enough to attrack lawyers from private practice to serve on the bench.