It needed to be said. CNN reporter confronted with the truth.

by Chuck Stanley

This woman speaks directly to a CNN reporter today, and tells the unvarnished truth. This has needed saying for years.  I recall reading that early in her broadcasting career, Oprah Winfrey was fired from a local TV station because she is an empathic person. She could not bring herself to stick a microphone in a victim’s face and ask how they felt.

The example below is a generic hypothetical, but I have heard similar questions way too many times. There is far too much of this type of “reporting” on the evening news:

“Ms. Jones, your husband and four kids just burned to death in the house fire. Could you tell us how you are feeling right now?”

This woman responded in the best possible way, and because it was a live feed, the audience got to see all of it, uncensored.

About Chuck Stanley

Dr. Charlton (Chuck) Stanley is a board certified forensic psychologist, with interests in aviation psychology, peace officer selection and training, ethics and communication skills.
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3 Responses to It needed to be said. CNN reporter confronted with the truth.

  1. Malisha says:

    THANK YOU for posting this. I never watch this shit any more because they not only insult people and add that to injury, they love to craft their little “skits” off people’s helplessness and misery. “How was it being flooded?” “BAD, a lot of water!” “How was it being burned?” “Terrible, a lot of fire!” As if they need to irritate a victim to play some little tune they need to broadcast. So hateful.

  2. Terry Welshans says:

    with the sensitivity of a rattlesnake. Asking a victim of circumstances well beyond their control how they feel is outright stupid and cruel.

    • That black lady with the kid did what needed to be done. The verbal equivalent of a body slam. Maybe that reporter and her producer will have second thoughts about the manner in which they approach victims.

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