• Last Thursday, the station screwed up royally in its coverage of a car accident involving three teenagers. We were swamped with emails griping about the coverage. One emailer summarizes the screwups better than we can:
KM3 at 5pm had 3 teens critically injured in 2 car crash.
WOWT did not have the story at 5pm [surprise!] but had it right at 6pm that 3 teens were critically injured in 2 car crash.
Poor KETV. At 5 Rob and Julie reported a 3 car crash injures 2 and kills 1.
At 6pm. Tom Elser live reported that a 2 car crash kills 1 and injures 2. Banner headline that read "FATAL ACCIDENT"
At 10PM. Tom Elser again went live with a Banner headline "ROLLOVER CRASH". The only mention of the earlier mistakes came from Julie, "initally investigators thought 1 of them had died but tonight all 3 are alive."
• Another alert reader enjoyed it when, reporting on a January 24 near Kennard, Farrah Fazal referred to assistance from a fire department from "North Bend, Iowa."
• Still another writes of a Six-esque graphics error during KETV's new morning show this past Saturday:
Laura Liggett was reporting on a truck that plowed into someone's house, and while showing video of the truck, the graphic "Olympic Champ Visits" was flashed on screen. . . . According to their graphics, the "olympic champ" was visiting [by driving his] truck into someone's house.• Finally, the "7 Can't Help Itself" crew appears to have addpted the Big Six's penchant for stretching the "local connection" angle to its most ridiculous limits. On Monday, Rob & Julie intro'd a story about ABC anchor Bob Woodruff's injury in Iraq by promsing to bring us individuals with "close ties" to the event.
It turns out that all they had were a couple of local newspaper reporters who have been to Iraq. Neither appeared to have met Woodruff or the camera operator who was also injured. Neither of them had ever been injured while reporting from Iraq. They had just been there.
Wow. If Channel 7's goal is to match WOWT gaffe-for-gaffe, then they're well on their way to catching up.
In 1981, as ABC anchor Frank Reynolds tried to make sense of what was happening in the immediate aftermath of an attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, his producer handed him a note saying that White House Press Secretary James Brady had died from gunshot wounds. Reynolds read the news and continued working. Several minutes later, when told that Brady was still alive, a visibly shaken and angry Reynolds barked, "Let's nail it down! Let's get it right!"
Channel 7 could use someone with that level of concern for accuracy.