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Shooting the messenger
May 24, 2011 - Kylie Saari
I have recently caught some flak about my latest blog praising the dedication of the teachers in Truman. Some people just can't be satisfied.
Realizing a lot of the news coming out of that town has been kind of negative lately, I wanted to point out something I saw that I liked. Instead, a case of shoot the messenger was born.
Reporters do not seek out negative stories. Generally, they fall, nearly prepackaged, into our laps. We have police reports and public meetings that bring these issues to our attention. Often, when we go scouting in a town for a story, it isn't the great news about the local hero that is being talked about at the local diner. It is the bad news people want to pass along to us.
You might not know this, but reporters are not psychic or all knowing, nor are we able to be in all places at all times.
And so, if bad news is what you guys want to talk about and hear about, bad news is what you get. You want good news, tell us about it. But then don't complain when someone gets recognition for a good deed.
P.S. In reference to the below comments: The flak I was getting was through email to my boss and in person.
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