Below is a letter from a YWN reader (Charles Weiss) which was written in disgust to Channel 11 in NYC – after they attempted to “find dirt” on the Oorah organization – in their “fact-finding” show.
I was sent an email today with a link to a recent negative expose Channel 11 (WPIX CH11) attempted on Oorah’s Kars for Kids program. [Click HERE for link to video]
I use the word attempt because the heavy handed manner in which reporter Mary Murphy conducted herself was typical of the “take no prisoners” approach today’s media has succumbed to. Nowhere in the report was Oorah actually accused of any wrongdoing or crime, yet the tone and “attempt” to smear was palpable. Sensationalism in lieu of authentic journalism demeans your program. Once a promising journalist, Ms. Murphy’s integrity is now suspect. Oorah’s social programs have an honorable reputation in the charitable community and even your transparent hatchet job eventually corroborates that. So why the exercise? Whose agenda is being satisfied?
Expose’s in general have a dismal track record of being just short of libelous and yours will shamefully join their brethren in the trash heap of history soon forgotten.
As for Ms. Murphy, I doubt a Pulitzer is in her future.
While this style of yellow journalism may provide a fleeting boost in ratings, it is simply reprehensible to ambush in hopes of tripping up the unsuspecting. Ms. Murphy self righteously condemns the necessity of a lawyer while inexplicably informing us that Oorah’s legal council was gladly willing to answer any and all questions, albeit on a fair playing field-off camera. Indeed, it is perfectly appropriate to have a PR department or lawyer answer inquiries from media outlets. I have no doubt that CW11 has an entire department dedicated to this purpose. Prosecutorial reporters who stealthily arrive with cameras rolling deserve no cooperation.
Due to the lack of any scandalous wrongdoing, your unscrupulous reporter committed a cardinal sin and became the story. While half truths and fabrication viciously rule today’s blogosphere, the intelligent public should emphatically reject this type of negative tabloid innuendo-if only they had common sense. Educated observers will see this drivel for what it is and click elsewhere for their future information. Edward R. Morrow would be ashamed of you and so am I.