As the debates on healthcare, military defense, Acorn, and other issues fill the news, I’m seeing more and more questionable sources cited. I’m reminded that a couple of years ago, watching the evening “Eyewitness News” on WSOC-TV Channel 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina I heard an interesting statement from the anchor reporter. The station was covering a story in Charlotte where a small child was put in the care of three 20-something men only to have the men “get distracted,” resulting in the child eating a significant quantity of the guy’s cocaine. I guess they just kept their stash laying around on the coffee table. Needless to say, it was a disaster for the child, who ended up in intensive care in critical condition, with the 3 men arrested on charges of endangering a child, drug charges, etc…
But the statement that was most interesting was the reporter Kim Brattain saying that they had “checked on the internet” for any information on the impact of young children ingesting cocaine and didn’t find anything.
They “checked on the internet?” Sure, the internet is useful for finding information, but when did that become the only source for journalists? Whatever happened to “we’ve contacted an expert in the field and…” Or “we’re standing by at the hospital with the child’s doctors and here’s what they said…”
I was stunned that the best their news team could do was “check on the internet.”
Well, I would never use that station as a source for news, but at least they’re honest.