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The Wright Response - April 19, 2012

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

THERE ARE CLEARLY A LOT OF THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND. "DISGUSTED" WROTE A NOTE TO KBTX BLASTING US FOR OUR HEADLINE: "MISSING AGGIE AIRMAN FROM COLLEGE STATION CONSIDERED DEAD."

Really KBTX.... Imagine if you were a close friend/family member or wife and read the inconsiderate headline that was chosen for this story???? It's rude, disrespectful and just ignorant...

ACTUALLY, THIS STORY AND HEADLINE WERE WRITTEN AFTER THE MOTHER OF AIR FORCE AIRMAN FIRST CLASS JAMES ADAM LASSITER CALLED NEWS 3 AND SPOKE WITH STEVE FULLHART, EXPLAINING THAT THE AIR FORCE ISSUED A DEATH DECLARATION LETTER, BUT THAT WASHINGTON COUNTY OFFICIALS STILL CONSIDERED HIM MISSING.

THAT PART I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS WHY SO MANY WILL THINK KBTX AUTOMATICALLY ACTS IRRESPONSIBLY WHEN DEALING WITH SUCH SENSITIVE MATTERS? WE TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY, AND WHILE ALL INPUT IS APPRECIATED, YOUR ASSERTIONS ARE DISTURBING.

THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW WEBSITE STILL HAS SOME BUGS TO WORK OUT. DURING A RECENT RAIN, LAURA WAS NOT HAPPY WITH OUR RADAR:

"Talked with Shel on the phone previously and the radar loop came back up. Now we are just re-directed to a new radar and in my opinion it sucks stinks. I am in Brenham trying to find out about weather out there going back to where I live which is behind Lake Somerville. I get this tiny little strip of radar (with most of the box showing a great big KBTX when I already know the call letters) not as detailedin the areas I need most and certainly not giving me a broad view of what is coming at us. Frustrating....."

LAURA WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE RADAR NOT WORKING PROPERLY. HOWEVER, AFTER SHE ALERTED US, SHEL RESPONDED, THE ISSUE WAS ADDRESSED - AND FIXED. -PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU SEE ANY OTHER ISSUES ON THE NEW SITE, WE'RE ALL WORKING THROUGH THE RE-DESIGN THAT IN THE LONG RUN, WILL BE BETTER.

I'VE SHARED A NUMBER OF E-MAILS THROWING KBTX INTO THE BIG POOL KNOWN AS THE "MAINSTREAM MEDIA," THE ONES WHO SIT AROUND AND THINK OF WAYS TO SLANT THE NEWS - TRULY - IT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE, BUT E-MAILS LIKE THIS ONE ALWAYS INTRIGUE ME. "EARTHBOUND" HAD A COMMENT ABOUT OUR STORY INVOLVING THE TRAYVON MARTIN DEATH AND A POTENTIAL GRAND JURY REVIEW.

HE WRITES:

"I can't believe that KBTX used the baby-face Trayvon and the thug Zimmermann pictures. Both of those were misleading, and the news media knows it."

NOW - HERE'S MY ISSUE WITH THIS. THIS STORY WAS FROM ASSOCIATED PRESS. WE AIR PICTURES AS PROVIDED TO OUR DATABASE. HERE'S WHERE THE DOUBLE-STANDARD CONFUSES ME. WE RECEIVE THE STORY WITH PICTURES. THIS VIEWER AND ON-LINE READER IS UPSET THAT WE DIDN'T CHANGE OUT THE PICTURE - IN OTHER WORDS THAT WE, THE MEDIA, DIDN'T AIR A LESS FAVORABLE?? PICTURE OF TRAYVON MARTIN? A MORE FAVORABLE PICTURE OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN? IN OTHER WORDS - WHY DIDN'T KBTX CHANGE THAT TO SUIT A BELIEF OR POSITION ON THIS CASE? AND THIS TELEVISION STATION IS TWISTING STORIES AND PICTURES SOMEHOW? THAT'S WHAT THIS VIEWER WANTED US TO DO? TWIST THE PICTURE, TWIST THE STORY TO FIT YOUR BELIEF? NO THANKS, WE'LL CONTINUE TO REPORT THE FACTS.

BEFORE WE GO - A PERSONAL NOTE AND A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE GREATEST GUYS I KNOW. MY DAD, BOB WRIGHT IS CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY TODAY. HE AND MOM RETIRED AND MOVED HERE FROM MEXIA, TEXAS A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. HE HAS A LOT OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH STORIES TO TELL. MAYBE I'LL SHARE A COUPLE OF THOSE AT ANOTHER TIME.

WE ARE ALWAYS LISTENING. SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO NEWS@KBTX.COM, WRIGHT@KBTX.COM, OR FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER: @MIKEKBTX. YOUR OPINION ALWAYS MATTERS.


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