The Wright Response - April 11, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

RARELY A DAY GOES BY THAT WE DON’T STRUGGLE WITH CONTENT OF SOME NEWS STORY. IN THE PAST THERE HAVE BEEN LONG DISCUSSIONS ON HOW AND WHAT TO REPORT, KEEPING SEVERAL FACTORS IN MIND, FIRST OF WHICH IS A VICTIM’S FAMILY, AND ESPECIALLY AGES OF THEIR CHILDREN.

WHITNEY TOOK US TO TASK ABOUT REPORTING DETAILS SURROUNDING THE DEATH OF AN A&M PROFESSOR – THIS, IN ITSELF IS A DIFFICULT TOPIC TO SHARE.

SHE WROTE:

I recently read an article posted on KBTX. Unfortunately, I would like to express concern. I do not think this article was necessary. The suicide was tragic enough and I do not believe that anyone in our community benefitted by KBTX posting an unflattering story about the incident. I find it hypocritical that in times of distress, like the recent shooting and fires, local news is very supportive, but in an equally sad time for a family in our community the same news agency will promote a story that defames a deceased man's character. Facts are facts and I understand the merit in reporting the truth, however I for one did not benefit from reading gossip about a tragic incident. Thank you for your time and consideration.

FIRST, I THANK HER FOR SENDING IT VIA EMAIL WITH A NAME ATTACHED SO THAT WE CAN RESPOND. AND ON THE SURFACE? SHE IS EXACTLY RIGHT. IN MOST SITUATIONS, THOSE DETAILS WERE NOT RELEVENT. BUT IN THIS CASE, WE BELIEVE REPORTING THIS WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

WHY? MEAN-SPIRITED ANIMALS LIKE THE INDIVIDUAL ALLEGEDLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPTED EXTORTION MUST – BE – STOPPED. TRUE, WE DON’T KNOW ALL THE FACTS, ONLY TO REPORT WHAT WAS RELEASED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT. ANYONE WHO SAW DETAILS OF THIS REPORT COULD NOT HELP BUT FEEL A LITTLE SICK ABOUT THE WHOLE INCIDENT, AND QUICKLY TURN WHATEVER CONFUSION THEY HAD ABOUT THIS PROFESSOR, INTO ONE OF COMPASSION, NOT ONLY FOR DR. AUNE, BUT FOR ALL WHO WERE IMPACTED BY THIS INCIDENT. THE TWISTED APPROACH ALLEGEDLY TAKEN BY THE MAN ARRESTED NEEDED TO BE SHARED – IF NOTHING MORE AS A WARNING THAT PEOPLE LIKE THAT ACTUALLY EXIST – AND NONE OF US ARE IMMUNE FROM ATTEMPTS LIKE THAT. IF ONE PERSON WAS SAVED IN THE FUTURE AS A RESULT OF THIS REPORT, IT WAS WORTH IT. AND FROM TRAGEDY OFTEN COMES GOOD.

I DIDN’T KNOW DR. AUNE UNTIL STUDENTS POSTED COMMENTS. BUT AT THE CORE ROOT OF WHO WE ALL ARE – WE WANT SOMETHING GOOD TO COME FROM WHATEVER WE DO IN LIFE. AND WE DID RIGHT BY DR. AUNE BY EXPOSING THE MAN ALLEGEDLY BEHIND THE SCHEME.

WHITNEY – YOU ARE RIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY, NO ONE WINS – EXCEPT PERHAPS THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO WERE SAVED BY SEEING THE REPORT.

ON TO SOMETHING MUCH LIGHTER TO WRAP IT UP TODAY. THIS NOTE CAME TO THE WEATHER DEPARTMENT, ADDRESSED TO SHEL WINKLEY. R-H WROTE IN AND NOTICED WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE – SHEL’S WEIGHT LOSS AND REINVENTION OF HIMSELF!

Shel,
You look so very sharp with your weight loss and your weather casting just gets better and better. I wanted to know if you could share with me what you have done to lose weight because I would really like to try to lose some with and be as successful as you have been.

R-H, WE’RE VERY PROUD OF SHEL FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE, FINALLY SENT HIM FOR SOME SUITS THAT FIT! THE FORMULA WAS SIMPLE, TOUGH FOR MANY, BUT IF YOU WANT TO LOSE THE WEIGHT, HE IS LIVING PROOF IT WORKS. HE STARTED MOVING, RIDING BIKES, EXERCISING, USED THE PALEO DIET, AND NOW WATCHES CLOSELY WHAT HE EATS. AND OVER 60-POUNDS LATER, HE’S NEVER FELT BETTER – AND COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU MOTIVATE HIM.

THANKS FOR BEING IN TOUCH. WE APPRECIATE ALL COMMENTS, WE LEARN FROM THEM ALL, AND YOUR OPINION ALWAYS MATTERS TO KBTX NEWS 3.


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