Saturday, July 02, 2016

Journalistic Faux Pas & Ridiculousness


13WHAM reported yesterday : "A body was found Friday afternoon near the Bausch Street Bridge.
According to investigators, the body of a man between the ages of 30 and 50 was located near the bridge.
Police say this is not being considered suspicious at this time."

SCATS ~~ Really? This is "normal" in Rochester??? Oh my!! I guess we've grown numb to drive-by shootings, heroin overdoses, gang wars and other such blights on our city!

WHY DIDN'T THIS REPORTER FOLLOW-UP WITH QUESTIONS TO EXPLAIN WHY FINDING A BODY WASN'T "SUSPICIOUS??"
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EDITOR'S HONING THE STORY BEFORE IT GOES OUT?

Other recent, off-the-wall reporter mistakes I've seen include mindless misspellings ( "scortched" ) and not understanding basic English ( "rod iron" & "rot iron" instead of "wrought iron!" ) These sorts of errors are typically found scrolling at the bottom of the TV screen, or as on-the-screen "headlines" posted as the story is reported.
Do today's reporters completely lack ANY pride in the product they produce? It appears that they do!
Police say this is not being considered suspicious at this time.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would've blamed it all on texting, but some of the mistakes I've seen can only be attributed to low IQ. You're right SCATS. Knowledge of the English language is a dying artform. We can thank teachers.

Rochester Times Union said...

Inevitable result of Journalism School.

Next you'll be complaining they ignore the 5 W rule.

Unless you have a J School Degree you izn't kwalefide to complain.

Anonymous said...

Fortunately, we have now gotten beyond floating bodies and now have them being properly roasted in LaGrange Park.

I'm betting used tires and small amounts of gasoline are involved.

How long till this activity comes to Dewey & Stone?

SCATS said...

To 5:57PM ~~ Let's hope it's NEVER! Eight charred bodies in the area ... and counting.