Bob Gibson on local TV reporting: “a few young television reporters…can create a false perception of a dangerous downtown crime wave by over-hyping a handful of robberies and gang-style beatings that occurred mostly a few blocks on the south side of downtown.”
9 thoughts on “Gibson on Local TV”
I think NBC 29 needs to get a grip and stop scaring everyone to death!
It definitely causes one to notice those sporting the red bandana somewhere in their attire and the otherwise cliche’d gansta chic.
29 didn’t scare me to death. My friend getting sent to the hospital scared me. I won’t go to the south side of the mall after dark now, and I’ve been working downtown for 11 years. I think there is a problem that needs some attention.
“the city has a few young television reporters who can create a false perception… Charlottesville thankfully lacks a huge city crime rate.”
Might it be the youngsters are reporting reality from their downtown studios? Daily Progress is far from downtown. A good journalist doesn’t rely on what police officials say. Crime rate versus actual crime. I’m glad CBS-19 has its priorities. It’s no surprise the ossified Daily Progress and NBC-29 dislike competition. It’s hard work.
Amen Cvillenative! CBS 19 has really brought a breath of fresh air to this town. CBS 19 gives me the facts, while NBC 29 give me breathless cliches and misinformation!
I think Bob is mostly right. That said, my friend was violently assaulted on the Belmont Bridge on Friday, July 6, at about 10 p.m. in a random and unprovoked incident. Just a group of thugs who thought it would be fun to hit him as hard as they could in the face.
So there are some dangerous elements out there.
I’m skeptical of the view that these acts of violence are the results of kids not having enough to do. (I guess I just don’t see the link between boredom and punching a stranger in the face.) Do we have a gang problem in Charlottesville? If so, are the national gangs here recruiting, or is our gang problem home-grown? I wish the press, and public officials, would get a handle on this story.
Charlottesville has a gang problem, which city police have acknowledged. How it may be growing — and how it can be curbed — are issues that deserve attention and discussion. The consensus among police is that it’s a growing problem.
on a totally different topic….
both my wife (before I met her) and I saw THA DAVE perform on solo guitar and singing a couple times at Miller’s back ’round ’93 or ’94. good stuff.
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