The Wright Response - April 3, 2014

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email
Word and content matters, as our viewers regularly tell us. KBTX General Manager Mike Wright answers some of those comments in this edition of the Wright Response.

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

Many times, news stories are questionable in content. Though we will warn viewers of disturbing images and subject matter, sometimes we don't consider that even at a late hour, there are children who may see our newscast.

E-D wrote in:

"I just wanted to let you know that I have a 7 yr old who was deeply bothered by last nights story regarding the 5yr old boy who was being starved by his parents. We were up til midnight praying with her for this child. Although my children are sleeping by 10p.m. and don't normally see the news it would have been nice to have just a little warning about the pictures that were shown. This may not have bothered some but it did us. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts."

And I thank you for sharing them. You've been heard, and I forwarded this to KBTX News Director Jamie Burch. We learn from notes like this.

One viewer didn't like the term used in our reporting of the loss of lives during the earthquake in Chile.

She writes:

"'Two dozen' is how you measure eggs and baked goods, not dead people. Can't we say 24? It's more respectful."

Likely, this story came from Associated Press, but we've seen missteps on their part on numerous occasions. Point taken.

Frequently we receive notes pertaining to a story we post on-line or air, challenging the content.

This is the latest:

"The story about the Conroe man in the head on collision on Saturday is incorrect. He was never arrested or charged with anything for the 2012 accident. The man was wearing black clothes walking on the white line and with traffic on a very dark road. The pedestrian was the one that was intoxicated. Archer was proven to not be impaired in anyway, on his phone, or speeding."

In all cases like this, we want to get it right. Often, someone is exonerated for a crime and we don't receive an update. In cases like that - and this - a simple document from law enforcement that indeed charges have been cleared is all it takes. We welcome those updates.

Let us know of comments or suggestions, we are always listening. Your opinion matters to the family of KBTX News 3.

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