I continue to be baffled by how the local media choose their news stories.
I’ll start today with a positive news story. I’d like to thank Channel 12 and Larry Davis for their nice story on our chronic nuisance ordinance and how it is working to put landlords on notice for problem properties. We genuinely appreciate the good press.
The Journal ran a similar story earlier this week.
However… my wife and I were watching a taped show last night. As we finish the show and we turned cable back on, it just happened to be right at the beginning of a news cast from another network.
The lead story is “Man Defecates at Middletown School.” The reporter talks about how a man pooped in public and elementary school kids saw it. Upon contacting the school district, the reporter states towards the end of the article that the act wasn’t actually performed on school property but just near a school.
So the lead story is now “man poops near a school.” I lean over and tell my wife, “Wow, it must be a really slow news night if a man pooping near a school in Middletown is the most newsworthy story they have today.”
I was wrong, however. The second story was a woman severely stabbed in Over the Rhine. The third story was a sexual assault of a woman at Miami University.
If people in the area wonder why Middletown feels a little picked on sometimes, then someone has to explain to me how a man pooping near a school in Middletown is more news worthy and important than a woman being stabbed and a woman being sexually assaulted.
I guess I just don’t get it.
Thank you again to Channel 12 for the story last night and the Journal for their earlier story. I know the media has to cover good and bad stories. How they choose to frame the story and where they put the story in the news cast says a lot about their integrity and character. I can appreciate a balanced story even when the facts aren’t what I would have hoped for.