Friday, July 08, 2005

An Apology

I blew it. Clear and simple. It was stupid and elitist and wrong.

When I sent the last post I wanted to get a sample of thoughts hoping to get some response on what I want to change in our newsrooms. You see, my bosses think KPTV is the cats meow. I don't.

That said, I wrote a pretty shitty thing about education and income that I should have thought through clearer. And I was rightfully skewered for it. I do hate the fact that we pick stories without thinking about helping our audience learn about the world - how we don't reflect our region (which is not really crime ridden). This is a cool place to live and work and it does has the usual urban problems. It's not wrong that Fox12 does what it does (we all do in some form) - they are finding an audience. And it's working for them. It's not good work, but it's working for them - they have buzz and, clearly, very loyal employees and managers dedicated to keeping it going.

That aside, I apologize for things I wrote about the audience. I will work hard in our meetings to find the stories that might make their lives better - not trying to scare them all the time.

Let's move on.

23 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey PDX Media Watcher: I think it says a lot that you would step up and apologize for making the comments you did. It's another reason I will continue to read your blog.
But there is just one more little thing: about those so-called great Fox lead-ins... wanna make another correction?

Friday, July 08, 2005 9:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It takes a big person to step up and admit they're wrong. And hey if this blog gets us all to think more about what we do and why we do it, it's a good thing. All of the newscasts could be improved and may this will help it happen.

Friday, July 08, 2005 9:35:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Send me numbers from May, June and July. One day at a time, as they say.

Friday, July 08, 2005 9:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Media watcher.
Thank you!!!
A few of us really try to understand our audience.
They are not stupid, must poor!

Friday, July 08, 2005 9:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry, typo.
should be "just poor:.

Friday, July 08, 2005 9:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not stupid, just poor."
Actually, I'm not sure even that is accurate.

EVERYONE can get suckered by all-fear-all-the-time marketing. (Look at who gets elected in politics these days.)

When our News Director told our promo writer to "put more fear" in his writing, I knew we were no better than the bottom-of-the-barrel scurvy over at Fox.

Friday, July 08, 2005 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you're elitist, wrong and pathetically PC. What's a blog worth if you can't speak your mind and stick to it. Say it and stick to it. You're point was thought provoking so like any good modern day media outlook, you backed away. I'd like to see a reversal of the apology, that takes guts.

Friday, July 08, 2005 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"no better than the bottom-of-the-barrel scurvy over at Fox"

Speak of elitest, and sour grapes....

Dude, start your own blog, because attitudes like that aint gonna get you a gig in TV anymore. At least not Fox or CNN nets, and I don't know I would want to work with you on the street.

Friday, July 08, 2005 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Your blog sucks said...

Would you have apologized if no one had jumped your sorry ass? Or did you change your mind when you found yourself standing alone in the field of your prejudices? No points for retracting --- because you'd have never done it without pressure.

You're still an elitist pig.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 9:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By saying you blew it, you un-blew it. Top props.

As for "that" TV news's goodnesses or badnesses - I don't know, I never watched. Whatever they are doing is all as much a waste of a person's life to turn an eyeball toward as it is toward any tv news. Mainly, none of it is any news, it's all programming. Sure, sure, it's your JOB! Too bad, you lose, get over it. As long as any of us is alive we can be IN life, which includes getting out and getting around and knowing what's happening and being part in it all. BEING - now THAT's news.

The only video form of news that's happening and that ever will be happening is on traffic cams, Hubble cam, and cell phone cams. You know - LIVE. See it, be it.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear it, dear it.
Smell it, tell it.
Chew it, true it.
Touch it, much it.
Think it, link it.
Living. What a concept.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought the 'Next Posts' topic was absolutely brilliant. There is no reason to apologize or to fall victim to KPTV's intimidation campaign. The post generated dozens of responses, which is what the whole blog sphere is all about. The subject matter, though inflammatory to KPTV suck-ups, was it its purest form flattery. Flattery in that the forum took on the discussion much the same way KPTV produces their news; Take a perceived story, don't check accuracy with officials, find the most egregious sound bite...then run it.
All of these channel 12 'warrior blogsters' remind me of Tom Cruise on the Oprah Winfrey show. Remember 'Mr. Risky Business' standing on the sofa, leering longingly at his 6th grade girl friend and then trying to convince the world he had found the love of his life? Well you can stand on anchor desk and scream that you’re a journalist...which might convince your summer interns, but it just doesn’t quite cut it with the rest of us.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 2:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Completely off topic but I was in Rich's Cigar Shop today when Lars Larson blurted out to the shop as he was saying goodbye to Bill, the stores manager, "I have to leave fast because I'm illegally parked in a loading zone". I found that pretty damn amusing. Too bad 10 minutes later I damn near break my ankled in Pioneer Square. Those steps can be tricky. Hobble Hobble.

Ok, back to the topic. This is your blog man, say what you want. But it is nice to see a honest apology once in a while when someone feels they skewered a group of people negatively.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 3:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Take a perceived story, don't check accuracy with officials, find the most egregious sound bite...then run it. "

Examples? Which officials? What sound bite?

Saturday, July 09, 2005 3:48:00 PM  
Anonymous KPAMGEEK said...

There is no reason to apologize or to fall victim to KPTV's intimidation campaign.

I didn't see that. Seems to this radio hack KPTV answered opinion with facts. 'Till I see your numbers or facts, round one goes to the dirty dozen.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 4:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

(c'mon people, just click "other" and put in a name, ANY NAME)

I was watching local Fox news thursday night i think, which I never do, and i liked the timer countdown they ran. Also, at the end I realized i hadn't seen any shootings or beatings or terrible things. It was actually interesting news. It surprised me (a pleasant surprise).

Saturday, July 09, 2005 4:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a common tactic (in every sense of the word)for the right-wing fear machine to make jouralists appologize for getting things right. see: 60 Minutes/ Newsweek.
You may be slightly wrong, but you're right in your main thesis. KPTV is LCD.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 5:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Howard Beale said...

I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this any more!

Saturday, July 09, 2005 8:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to "appologize" if you're a "jouralist" because we're all in truble.

Saturday, July 09, 2005 9:35:00 PM  
Anonymous So Over It said...

I hope Watcher posts a new item soon so we can end this drama.

Sunday, July 10, 2005 12:46:00 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Maybe I am a little in the dark, because I have no idea what you're speaking about, lol, but I still believe if you truly believe you were wrong, then it is fine--even right--to apologize.

I am a blogger, and I have to do this once in a while. If I do not, I lose my credibility!

This is what I find is happening to the "old media." They never apologize. They always act as if they are talking over our heads, when I am yelling at the TV that their breaking story--I wrote about last week! lol.

I really enjoy writing, and I encourage you to continue. Don't let this get you down. Buck up! :)

Do you think you could do a story on Mr. Ganji, an Iranian political prisoner who may be in a coma due to beatings and a hunger strike? You can read about him at The Daily Briefing on Iran or my blog, Love America First. Have a wonderful night!

Sunday, July 10, 2005 4:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those of you who think Media Insider is backing down or being intimidated, please! He posted incorrect information as fact, and simply corrected his mistake. The KPTVers jumped on it with factual information to back up their claims. I for one applaud our host here, for recognizing the mistake and correcting it. You can have opinions, that goes without saying. But you can't pass off rumor and inuendo as fact and not expect to be called out on the carpet.

Monday, July 11, 2005 3:09:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Actually I didn't. I was challenged about a comment about class that wasn't called for. I've seen the Scarborough numbers and I still believe KPTV isn't serving its viewers and is just lucking out. Time will tell.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:47:00 PM  

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