This morning WBTV News announced on air that the infamous "SouthPark Susan had turned herself in to the Sunset Beach, North Carolina Police Department and would be “extradited” back to Charlotte to face charges.
The taped 40 second teaser ran throughout the early morning hours on WBTV and was even posted to Twitter, which is here.
Of course this was total bull-shit. No one is "extradited" on misdemeanor charges much less from within the same state. Susan Westwood was released about an hour later.
After Cedar Posts called WBTV out for the complete fabrication of "extradited" via twitter this is the response WBTV's Kristen Marinda tweeted:
"Honestly, we are all about CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. And you know unfortunately mistakes happen. We try for that not to happen. We try very hard. But “JV”? Come on, dude. Being unkind just seems unnecessary."
In fairness calling them the "JV Team" was dramatically toned down version of what CP was really thinking.
Sadly when television news “spins” and “sensationalizes” events it does a disservice to the entire community. SouthPark Susan was a non-event except for the “someone was offended journalism” crowd. To continue the over reporting of an event that cast Charlotte is an ugly light is only self serving providing little if any journalistic value.
But to deliberately embellish a story with words normally associated with felons and violent criminals is sensationalizing the news for the sole purpose of page views, clicks and retweets and that is just wrong.
Make no mistake this was a deliberate fabrication.
CP's tweet saw little traction, expect for this:
Unfortunately, some folks just can’t help themselves! Every time they see a chance to take a cheap shot at somebody, they do. The team at WBTV is FAR FROM JV!! You’d be hard pressed to find ANY NEWS TEAM that hasn’t misspoke in something! Keep doing what you’re doing Kristen!
While no one should feel sorry for Susan Westwood the excuse news anchors “misspoke” is far from the truth. This was deliberate effort to continue to sensationalize the story. No one with 1/2 a brain would accidentally read and tape such a statement. Hardly a cheap shot.
Christine Sparrow also took issue with CP's tweet calling them out as well.
"It's easy to hide behind a keyboard and hurl insults at the media"
The sad reality is that the only people being insulted are WBTV viewers who anchors like Christine and Kristen must think are moronic idiots, the word "extradite" was used simply to sensationalize the story and build up the tease. This is the essence of "Fake News" and this is not Journalism!
In fact as long as the news media is driven by ratings, page view and retweets this is the garbage we are going to see, this is not news and these people are not journalist they are nothing more than talking heads on another entertainment channel.