The Wright Response - August 8, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email
Questions about our online content, some KBTX staff updates, and more reaction from a previous Wright Response make up this edition.

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

While I share all edgy comments that come in, there are some good ones that surface. It's just a little odd to share those in great quantity.

DRP sent a note our way:

"Just a short note to let you know how much I appreciated your very factual discussion of the Zimmerman canse on your recent program. It is truly a breath of fresh air to hear a presentation such as this that clearly presents the facts of the case in simple terms that could be understood by anyone who really wants to know the truth. It is very disturbing to see the stance of the social media which results in the racial turmoil in our cities today."

DRP hit a bit of a nerve about social media. One of these days I hope to get permission from our friends at WFAA-Dallas to air a commentary by Dale Hansen, their long-time outspoken Sports Director. He addresses social media, and from his talk it clarified what I thought in my mind.

These days anyone with a computer or smart phone can be an on-line source, right or wrong. Being fast doesn't mean you have to be right anymore. Being first doesn't mean you have to be accurate. Once something goes on line, there's no putting that toothpaste back in the tube. A slippery slope, as Dale calls it. I'm afraid overall we may have slipped down that slope already.

Frank sent a thought about the Zimmerman commentary:

"Well said Mike. We don't need exaggerations from the left or the right. We simple need to call things like they are. Thanks for what KBTX does."

We are often taken to task for content of stories on-air and on-line, and some programming from time to time. This type of question is asked on average once a week on a particular story.

LN from Wellborn asked:

"On this app how is the fireworks plant on fire related to the Brazos co. there for why is it under home?"

From the KBTX Facebook page, a comment on a story about celebrity news involving Shakira - a current day singer for those asking "what is a Shakira?" - Meg simply asks:

"And it's news how?"

We get that a lot about stories posted on Facebook. Frankly, we post a lot of information on there, news from here and from all over.

Regarding the fireworks plant fire story, if it's a developing news story from wherever it is happening, we'll post it on-line to keep content fresh. Not all stories are of interest to me, you decided what you're interested in, but we'd rather post the information.

Finally, some KBTX notes. There is a new reporter at KBTX as we welcome David Norris.

Sandra sent a note regarding one of David's reports:

"Thank you so much for the story you ran this evening about Verizon's proposed tower. Your reporter did an excellent job. There is nothing like television to convey a picture of what we are talking about."

Also, congratulations to Shel Winkley. During a staff meeting last week, we announced that Shel has been promoted to Chief Meteorologist for KBTX Media and will have oversight of the weather department. Special thanks to Kailey Carey and Crystal Ploehn for their patience during this time of transition. We will soon add a new face to our weather team. In the meantime, we'll have more information on News 3 about Shel as we start this new chapter at KBTX.

Please be in touch anytime, your opinion always matters to the family here at KBTX News 3.

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