The Wright Response - May 9, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

KBTX NEEDS TO START WITH A SIMPLE APOLOGY. THE E-COLI SCARE THAT IS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN OUR COMMUNITY HAS A LOT OF PEOPLE ON EDGE.

KBTX PROMOTED OUR STREAMING OF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS CONFERENCE. AFTER HEARING THE CONTENT, MOST OF WHAT WAS SAID HAD BEEN REPORTED ON KBTX. HOWEVER, THIS IS A SERIOUS ISSUE, AND OUR HEARTS ARE SADDENED BY THE TWO YOUNG CHILDREN FIGHTING THIS BACTERIA. WE DID NOT DO A GOOD JOB OF THAT LIVE STREAMING EVENT, AND FOR THAT, WE APOLOGIZE. WE DID MEET AND GET TO THE ROOT OF IT, BUT MANY OF YOU LET US KNOW ABOUT IT WITH PHONE CALLS, E-MAILS AND POSTINGS TO THE KBTX FACEBOOK PAGE.

CATHY WROTE:

We couldnt hear the news conference about the ecoli. There are lots of people on facebook that said the same thing. How can we find out what they said?

M-J WROTE IN:

Morning, Mike-My laptop's volume is set to full, as is the volume on the live feed page, but I can't hear the e. coli press confx that's streaming right now.

YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO COUNT ON KBTX TO PROVIDE QUALITY AUDIO AND VIDEO, AND WE DIDN'T DO SOME THINGS RIGHT. WE WILL NEXT TIME, AND OWN UP TO NOT PUTTING OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD ON THIS.

KBTX POSTED A STORY ON OUR WEB CHANNEL RELATED TO A LT. COL. IN THE U-S AIR FORCE. J-T-H TOOK EXCEPTION TO OUR HEADLINE. HE WRITES:

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski is not an "airman" in the US Air Force, he is an "officer" in the US Air Force. World of difference!

HE'S RIGHT. AND THESE COMMENTS, AS WE SAY EACH WEEK, ALWAYS MATTER TO KBTX.

STEVE FULLHART RESPONDED ON THIS ONE:

As the son of a retired, 32-year Air Force officer, I'll chime in on this too, John. I agree the AP's headline should have been better. The term "airman" is obviously a lower enlisted rank, but it's still a broad term to denote anyone who serves in the Air Force regardless of rank. It's always seemed weird to me that a general, colonel or other rank would be referred to by that term...but that's been the case in many instances I've seen and heard over the years. Again, I lean heavily in your direction, and I think it's a good call to update the AP's headline on our end.

BETTY WROTE TO KBTX WITH AN OPINION - AND SHE IS SPOT ON!

I am a faithful watcher of KBTX 10 pm news, but the 2 live monitors behind the news desk of John and Meredith are very distracting, also the people that walk behind the desk while they are reporting the news. Can something be done about them?

BETTY? YOU ARE RIGHT - AND WE WORKING TO TAKE STEPS TO CHANGE THAT BACKGROUND. WE DON'T LIKE THEM EITHER. COULD GO INTO OUR OPTIONS, BUT EXPECT TO SEE A BLANK WALL BEHIND THE NEWSDESK BEFORE WE MAKE ANOTHER WRONG MOVE. JUST LAYIN' IT OUT THERE.

YOU KNOW WHAT I APPRECIATE ABOUT ALL THESE COMMENTS? THE GOOD AND THE NOT SO GOOD? YOU ALLOW US TO RESPOND AND YOU E-MAIL, CALL OR SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE DIRECTLY TO US. THOSE WHO CRITICIZE IN A PUBLIC FORUM DO SO TO HURT, EMBARRASS. THEY REALLY DON'T WANT TO RECTIFY. THEY WANT TO CRUCIFY. SAD SOMETIMES.

YOU BE IN TOUCH ANYTIME, THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP, AND YOUR OPINION ALWAYS MATTERS TO THE FAMILY OF KBTX NEWS 3.


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