First Responders vs Media

First Responders vs Media: Blog 5

On Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at around 12:24 pm a male was struck by a train just south of the City of Beacon train station.  With police and fire scanners in every news station, the media immediately starts calling local police departments for information.  A good friend of mine is a police dispatcher for the City of Beacon.  Our local newspaper, The Poughkeepsie Journal, called ten minutes after the initial call for an update on the story.  My friend commented that the situation is ongoing, MTA Police are on location and will be handling the investigation, Beacon Police are in route to assist with the investigation but are not on location yet.  The Poughkeepsie Journal twisted the dispatcher words and published “an officer was not yet on the scene as of 12:30 pm” when the initial call came in six minutes prior.  The journalist failed to publish that the MTA Police were on location and handling the call.  It’s critical as a first responder not to comment anything to the press.  Words get twisted, and all press related calls or comments should be directed to a supervisor.  This happens to many people who speak with the press.  Whether you are a politician, school teacher or a first responder your words get twisted and the press love for a juicy story!  Every night at the police department we get numerous calls around 8 pm from NBC News, Fox News, News 12, The Poughkeepsie Journal and more.  They always ask any stories for us to report on.  My dad taught me always to say “yes!”  The reporter gets all excited and says “what?”  Then you tell them it’s my birthday!  They usually get very upset that will leave you alone the rest of the evening!

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One comment

  1. I don’t know why the press loves to twist words around. It doesn’t make them seem credible. They should just be looking for the truth and report on that only, because if the truth comes out and the press gets found out for twisting words around, then it is going to look bad on the press. It’s like they just want to make themselves look like fools.

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