ITS NOT OFTEN WE RECEIVE A LOT OF POSITIVE COMMENTS, BUT WE START WITH A NOTE FROM D-L:
"I live in Bryan and (a relative) lives in (another state). We were talking earlier today when she came up on an accident. There were police cars all around and a child's bike in the intersection. I googled (that town's) tv news and was directed to the local station. There is no story about this accident even as I write this email, which is several hours after it occurred. Finally I checked their local newspaper and found the article. I just want to say a big "thank you" to KBTX. A story like this would have been covered almost immediately by you. We are spoiled here in BCS!"
D-L - THANKS FOR THE NOTE, AND HONESTLY, WE TRY, AND SOMETIMES, WE AREN'T ALWAYS FIRST BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW OR THERE WERE OTHER SITUATIONS PREVENTING US FROM POSTING DETAILS. BUT WE ALWAYS SEEK TO BE THE LEADER IN BREAKING NEWS AND BREAKING WEATHER.
THE COMPLIMENTS DIDN'T LAST LONG. OUR CONCERNED NOTE OF THE WEEK COMES FROM J-K, WHO HAS A POINT, BUT BECAUSE OF OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES, WE DISAGREE. SHE WRITES:
"Please, look up the word COMPASSION. During the week or two after Adam Lassiter drowned, you covered the story on every news broadcast, every day for way past the time there was anything to report. My heart broke for friends and family who had to hear this all because of lack of anything else to report or whatever. Then, this past week when the Bradshaw man and Walmart became news, I know the Lassiter family was relieved that they could be left alone to deal with their loss. At two different places, stated by two different people, this is what I heard: "Well, now KBTX will have something to talk about for a couple of weeks". Did you know that's the sentiment of your viewers? This morning you had nothing new to add to the story but interviewed people on their "thoughts" about safety. GIVE ME A BREAK. You evidently have nothing new to add to the story. Compassion! I know it's hard to find "news" in a town like Bryan/College Station. But how about the STAR tests and the opinions of the educators and the stress put on the students. People are talking about that."
NOW, THIS PERSON HAS MY ATTENTION AND RESPECT FOR SIGNING THE NOTE, AND WE AGREE ABOUT THE "STAR TEST" SUGGESTION.
STEVE FULLHART RESPONDED TO THIS VIEWER WHICH INCLUDED A VERY NICE NOTE FROM ADAM LASSITER'S MOTHER, A PORTION OF WHICH SAID:
"Thank you so very much for doing a wonderful job with words and video choices about Adam. Your seeing this as an interesting story has really made the loss easier to bear."
IN STEVE'S RESPONSE TO THIS PERSON UPSET WITH KBTX, I COULDN'T PUT IT ANY BETTER THAN HE DID. STEVE WROTE:
"While I won't speak to the shooting at the Wal-Mart, I'm happy to address our coverage of A1C Lassiter going missing. That story was brought to our attention by a number of friends of the family that thought the community deserved to know that a young man who spent some 25 of nearly 27 years of life here was gone. I also cannot recall a single time where we reported on the story that there wasn't an update of some sort."
KBTX WAS IN FREQUENT CONTACT WITH THE LASSITER FAMILY, AND WHILE NOT ALWAYS THE CASE, IT IS OUR GOAL TO HAVE NEW INFORMATION IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. AS FOR YOUR COMMENT "I KNOW IT'S HARD TO FIND 'NEWS' IN A TOWN LIKE BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, I FULLY DISAGREE. ONE LOOK AT THE WEB CHANNEL, THE PAGES OF THE EAGLE OR OTHER NEWS SOURCES INDICATE OTHERWISE. REGARDING - COMPASSION - WE PRACTICE THAT EVERY DAY.
I WAS PERSONALLY IN TOUCH WITH THE FAMILY SATURDAY, VERIFYING WITH THE COLLEGE STATION P-D THAT NO NAMES WOULD BE RELEASED UNTIL THE 12-YEAR OLD SON WAS NOTIFIED. ITS ONE OF THE ADVANTAGE OF LIVING IN A RELATIVELY SMALL TELEVISION MARKET. EVERYONE KNOWS SOMEONE, WE CARE WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN, AND THE FAMILY AFFECTED BY THE EVENTS AT WAL-MART REMAIN AT THE TOP OF OUR THOUGHTS AND OUR PRAYERS. THEIR UNFORTUNATE JOURNEY IS JUST BEGINNING.
HOWEVER - AS STEVE POINTED LATER IN HIS RESPONSE, I'LL DO THE SAME. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENT, AND WILL LEARN FROM IT. WE'VE OFTEN BROUGHT AFFECTED FAMILIES TO KBTX - SO THAT OUR NEWS STAFF CAN PUT A FACE WITH PEOPLE WHO'S LIVES WERE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. WE DON'T TAKE THAT FOR GRANTED.
WE'RE ALWAYS LISTENING. SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO WRIGHT@KBTX.COM, NEWS@KBTX.COM, OR CALL ME DIRECTLY.
YOUR OPINION ALWAYS MATTERS.