Response to the TAL Story
Thanks to everyone who has heard the piece on This American Life and written or called me to comment.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive and appears to have sparked a conversation in various circles about ethics in local TV news. They range from those just trying to get the word out (thanks!) to those who are downright upset. I read a thoughtful critique on this blog. Most interesting so far, is the response to Today’s 6 New Director Scott Picken’s own blog. Once you open this link, check out the comments section of the last two postings. No matter what anyone thinks or says about Scott, I have to give him credit for opening his office to Dmae and me, explaining his decisions (Note: I did not hide my intent or position on this story), and even sending me a DVD of their coverage. Yes, the interview was uncomfortable at times. But most of the time, they just are- no matter the topic or who the interviewee is. He displayed an unusual level of transparency on this two-year-old coverage. I obviously don’t agree with his news philosophy in the Kimball situation, but he sure as hell does his job with a lot of passion.
I’ll end with an e-mail I received from Wally Dean of the Committee of Concerned Journalists Tuesday afternoon, after he heard the story:
“Chilling but exceptional. The best and worst of how we use our power. Everyone in broadcast news should hear this story and then decide for themselves which path to take.”
Please do. Let’s keep the conversation going.