OPINION AND EDITORIAL
THE WORST REPORTER IN SEATTLE TELEVISION HISTORY?
July 21, 2013
You had to have seen this one to believe it.
A number of people saw a "news" report centered on the tiny (and troubled) community of Gold Bar, Washington during the 11:00 pm newscast Friday night July 19, 2013 on KING-TV in Seattle and also on the station's website that left their jaws hanging and their minds spinning.
We say "news" in quotes because it was one honker of a badly done non-story that did not inform the reader/viewer of the actual news of the situation and the why and who of the situation.
No wonder people despise mainstream media.
Can you imagine in your wildest dreams writing a NEWS story about the highly controversial actions of President Obama, Osama Bin Laden or George Zimmerman without actually mentioning the name in the story of the President or Bin Laden or Zimmee boy?
Does not pass the sniff test you say? Something very wrong in that, you say?
Well evidently YOU (you poor schmucks in the audience) did not learn how to report at the esteemed "Walter Cronkite School of Journalism" at Arizona State University like this guy at KING-TV named ZAHID ARAB did.
Seriously. His bio on the station's website says Mr. Arab, "Graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University."
Wow. Impressive. Except for one thing. He doesn't know how to report a basic news story.
DANCING AROUND AS THOUGH A CHILD WHISTLING THROUGH A GRAVEYARD AT NIGHT
In the story seen on KING-TV and the station's website the evening of July 19 and attributed to Arab's reporting, not ONCE did we see or hear the actual name of the person at the heart of the now years-old and very ugly controversy in Gold Bar, Washington that generated this story in the first place.
This guy danced around that one as if if he were fearful the devil himself would seek out retribution if the name but once softly escaped his lips (which, some might argue after what they have been through and talked to us about might not be far off, figuratively speaking, from the truth).
It was a story reported by Arab about how no one wants to run for Mayor of tiny Gold Bar, Washington after the brutal, vicious, scorched earth policy unleashed in that community - according to many of her alleged victims we have spoken with, various news accounts, complaints filed with various agencies, Gold Bar Mayor Joe Beavers, a former mayor of Gold Bar, two former councilmen and other sources - by an "interesting" character named ANNE BLOCK who uses a laptop at her kitchen table in a dinky nothing of a dumpy house in Gold Bar to do her....things (again, according to the Seattle Times, the Sky Valley Chronicle, various agencies that have received complaints about her and other media accounts by outfits who KNOW you are supposed to mention names that are central to a news story).
So here's a clue on your next assignment Zahid.
Those are the five BASIC elements one should have have in EVERY news story. It is J-school 101 kid.
Notice Zahid that this piece has all those elements covered except one, the WHY (explained below) and this is just a run of the mill Op-Ed piece, not even a spot news story.
Did they leave those five things out at the prestigious Walter Cronkite School of Journalism?
AS TO THE WHY
Besides being aghast a what lousy reporting this was - which would not pass the sniff test at most high school newspapers - we, and we suppose others as well, are left wondering WHY Mr. Arab did you not mention Block's name in that non-news story?
She is the central character in that thing you did - we can't call it news - which oddly contained yet another glaring inaccuracy we won't mention but was so obvious as to be scary.
We wonder: were/are you afraid of being cyberstalked by Block as others we have talked with have said has happened to them and has left them fearful and apprehensive to this day?
Is your entire TV station afraid of being targeted by Block? Do reporters at KING start to tinkle in their pants at the thought of being targeted by this Blockhead from Palookaville?
Are you easily frightened?
Were you visited recently at your home or place of work by two interesting private investigators? (More on that number coming soon).
Or did you simply lack the know-how to get information for your story? If that's the case, then allow us to help you with some background pal.
Trying looking in these and many other locations that are publicly available to anyone.
And one final thing. May we suggest Mr. Arab you go back to the esteemed uncle Walty Cronkite School of Journalism and ask for your money back?
Whatever snake oil they've been passing off as journalism there seems to us to be worthless.
That is our take on the matter. Your mileage may vary of course.
Do have a nice day.
Update 7/16/14: since this piece was published around this time last year, it has been read over 38,100 times. Looks like we hit a nerve somewhere.