Heath's Blog


I was interviewed for the news and edited. Dumb me!

When I dropped my daughter off at school this morning I noticed a news crew at the front entrance.  After I passed them, I turned around and asked the lady reporter if there weren't some good news she could focus on as well as the recent mistakes of a few kids.  (An 8th grader that was sent a picture in a text message on his phone, forwarded it to some other people's phones.)

She asked if I'd like to be interviewed about the issue, and after thinking about it I said ok.  I said that I thought the boy knew what he was doing, but didn't understand the consequences of it.  I also said that it was caught by parents because this community has great parent involvement.  The VIPS (Volunteers In Public Schools) here is very strong, and parents in general take a strong interest in the schools.

I was trying to make the point that we have a very strong community of involved parents here!  Of course they only showed me saying, "Its terrible.  This is a problem that needs to be addressed."  I don't see how they can expect us to trust their "reporting" when they change the intent of people's comments to sound bites that serve their needs! 

One more example of the "news" bending what was said to make it sound negative!  I won't trust anything I see that reporter do.  And the news station was carelessly trying to amplify a situation that is being addressed and corrected.  Why couldn't they report about how actively the community is addressing the problem and how parent awareness caught the actions before they got out of hand?  Of course that would be positive, and I guess they don't like positive stories.



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I was just having this conversation with a friend over the weekend. Nomatter what the issue is, the news media seems to always focus on the critical. I applaud you for sticking up for your community and the parental involvement with the school.

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 11 years ago

Dear Heath,

We suffer from the same type of jouralism here! Gloom and Doom!


Posted by Barbara Delaney (Park Place REALTORS, Inc.) over 11 years ago

You just learned an important lesson first hand.  News has nothing to do with the truth or giving both sides of the story.  The news is all about viewership...to sell advertising...to make money.  Nothing more nothing less...money.

Posted by Chuck Capan, REALTOR Licensed In IL. - Moline Homes Quad Citie (REMAX River Cities) over 11 years ago

The media editing the truth??  Say it isn't so!  LOL.... 

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) over 11 years ago

Yikes!  Sorry!  Being "taken out of context" is always a bummer..... But it is a good reminder to everyone ... when you hear something on the news, please realize, that there might be more, and maybe ~much~ more behind the scenes and between the lines.  :-)

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 11 years ago

I thought I had done a good job of running my sentences together so they couldn't pick and choose, too.

Posted by Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA (http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com) over 11 years ago

 Doom and Gloom that's what it's al about....hey.

Posted by Quad Cities My RealTeam (Mel Foster Co.) (Keith Allen Allborty ) over 11 years ago

I avoid watching the news because it is so depressing.  I am sorry that you got edited!

Posted by Diane & Bob Arenholz, Covering all of Westchester County, NY (William RAVEIS Realty) over 11 years ago

They want you to hear what they want you to hear....

I feel like I am back in Russia during Soviet Union times. ( I grew up there)

Posted by Nelya Calev (John L Scott) over 11 years ago

I'm sorry to hear that your comments were taken out of context. That is poor reporting and it says something about the reporter and editors for that program. I guess good news just doesn't sell as well.

I have a hard time watching the news sometimes as the good news is few and far between. However, there are a few better stations and programs out there. ABC usually has a segment at the end of the program where they focus on a person in the community who made a difference somehow and 60 minutes tends to have some interesting human interest stories.

Posted by John LaRocca (LaRocca Inspections) over 11 years ago

This is why they always tell us at work "don't talk to the media".

Posted by Peter Testa, PETER TESTA (Nationwide Homes) over 11 years ago

Too bad your comments were edited.  Reporting seems to be more about viewership than truth. 

Posted by Diane Parker (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Realty) over 11 years ago

The news does and says what it wants in American media.  It's unfortunate we cannot receive accurate and newsworthy news.

Posted by Troy Ott (Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS) over 11 years ago

HEath sensationalism is not news it is propaganda

Sorry that happened to you


Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) over 11 years ago

Oh this makes my head hurt to try and think down on the level of a "news" group that so obviously engages in yellow journalism. Like you we have a strong group of involved parents and that is something we can both continue to value. What a shame! Have a good week and keep up the good work!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 11 years ago


That's why most days, we just stop listening ... that's too bad that happened to you!


Posted by Tom Ferry (Tom Ferry-yourcoach) over 11 years ago

Hi Heath: What a crock! You were trying to provide a positive to their negative tone but they trumped you! Isn't the media suppose to be unbias? Glad you stood up and sorry that you didn't get your opinion on air - Thanks for sharing and I hope you continue to voice your opinion....

Posted by Gwenn Tanvas, The Mortgage Gal, 920.267.7891~ SMART - INNOVATIVE (NEXA Mortgage LLC an Equal Housing Lender NMLS # 1660690) over 11 years ago

Heath, Ive said this many times and you story confirms this; you never know how inaccurate news reporting is until you have intimate knowledge of the story being reported.


Posted by Jay Williams, Mortgage Loan Officer - Getting You The Right Loan (Greenville, NC) over 11 years ago

It does seem that they are oblivious to the fact that people know their reporting more sensation.

Posted by Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker, Heath Coker Robert Paul Properties Falmouth MA (http://www.CapeGroup.com & http://www.REindex.com) over 11 years ago