Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Why Do Reporters Insist on Acting in a Highly Unsafe Manner?

This is a really good story about a couple who, tragically, went around a "road closed" barrier with horrible results. But, I have a huge objection to what occurs in the video at the 1:47 mark.
Why does reporter Gary Tuchman wade out into flowing water?! Just like the road collapse, there may be an unseen deep hole scoured out by the water. One step into a deep hole and the photographer might have taped the next death in the storm.

We tell people -- almost ad nauseam -- "turn around, don't drown." We tell them to "never cross flowing water by foot or by car." Behavior like Mr. Tuchman's makes our public safety job that much more difficult.

No comments:

Post a Comment