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  •  I saw this story covered by several outlets. (1+ / 0-)
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    mikeconwell

    This story was all over the place, and it seemed like the coverage was about the same.  Anger for having voluntary fire protection, and yes, some anger at the firefighters.

    I am not a firefighter, although I'm not sure what that has to do with the news coverage.  Your explanation of the district coverage was helpful, but my guess is the public really doesn't care about where the district boundary is when it comes to preventing someone's home from burning down.

    Ok, let's get out of this in a reasonable way.  You're not going to help your cause by slamming just the "progressive media", we hear that every day from Rush and FOX and a host of others.  I've got plenty of complaints about TYT, but try and put on an infotainment show every day and see if you don't make mistakes.

    But most of all, I think you should have called the producer of TYT and explained the situation as you see it.  I wouldn't be surprised that they would put you on the air, and at the very least you might very well have given them a different perspective that would have changed future broadcasts.

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      pollwatcher, KenBee
      This story was all over the place, and it seemed like the coverage was about the same.  Anger for having voluntary fire protection, and yes, some anger at the firefighters.
      Right.  My position is that the firefighters were 100% NOT GUILTY.  TYT curb stomped this tiny, beleaguered department at least four different times that I know of.  To this day, they're drawing fire from the public when frankly they're as much the victims as the homeowners, if not more.
      I am not a firefighter, although I'm not sure what that has to do with the news coverage.  
      Because you suggested that my anger was misdirected.  I believe that my cultural understanding gives me a completely different viewpoint, which is entirely valid, and perhaps also more informed than average.  So I believe my anger is correctly directed.
      Your explanation of the district coverage was helpful, but my guess is the public really doesn't care about where the district boundary is when it comes to preventing someone's home from burning down.
      Yes, I'm well aware of that.  However, that is, in and of itself, a major problem.  Fire departments MUST care about distict boundaries.  We have a very sophisticated sort of "bee dance" among many different agencies, and we don't get to make things up as we go along.  

      I know, the public doesn't care.  They still want to whip us when they're angry, whether we deserve it or not.  It's a problem.

      Ok, let's get out of this in a reasonable way.  You're not going to help your cause by slamming just the "progressive media",
      I don't slam all progressive media.  I didn't even start out slamming TYT the first, second, third, or even fourth time they gave serious offense.  This didn't go from 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds.
      But most of all, I think you should have called the producer of TYT and explained the situation as you see it.  I wouldn't be surprised that they would put you on the air, and at the very least you might very well have given them a different perspective that would have changed future broadcasts.
      I also hoped for something similar, though I have no desire to go on air.  However, I repeatedly contacted them with clarifications and insight hoping they would change when informed.  They have zero interest in being informed.  On the contrary, Cenk at one point came right out and said that sensationalizing a public safety story makes for good ratings, then proceeded to do just that.

      These people are a problem.  No apologies.

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