We are trained to be competitive in this business. But where do we draw the line?
In Atlanta, WGCL‘s in-depth coverage of a local man arrested for murder went too far, and that’s according to Steve Schwaid, the station’s own News Director. In covering the arrest of Lishan Wang, a 44-year-old man accused of the senseless murder of a Yale University doctor/colleague , members of the WGCL news team went to his home and spoke to his wife. That’s SOP in the business. The only problem was that Wang’s wife wasn’t yet aware that her husband had been arrested and was accused of murder.
After inviting the WGCL reporter into her home, Wang’s wife fell to the floor and began sobbing. The station aired the dramatic footage during it’s evening newscast, a move that Schwaid describes as “offensive and horrifying.” In an open letter posted on the WGCL website, Schwaid apologizes to viewers for the video. “We were wrong and I apologize.”
What’s intersting to me is that the news media was able to get to the wife before the police. Good work on the part of the WGCL crew locating the wife. Like it or not, that’s what we’re trained to do, get the story, get it first and get it to air. I admire Steve for his quick and passionate response. Was airing this video offensive?? In the world of reality/shocking TV, would you have been offended?? Weigh In.
And lets not forget the victim and his family.
Dr. Vajinder Toor was killed in the parking lot of his condo develoment Monday morning. Wang shot Toor multiple times and also fired at Toor’s wife, but she was not hit. Toor worked at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in New York before joining Yale. Wang also worked there, and the two had a dispute. Killed over a dispute?? Watts up with this???