Controversial Video

1 decade 8 months 5 days ago Monday, October 15 2007 Oct 15, 2007 Monday, October 15, 2007 2:06:02 AM CDT October 15, 2007 in News

Our satellite dishes enable us to get video from around the world and bring it to your television in mid-Missouri.

This week, one of our viewers had a problem with video we showed from Argentina:

"14 nations are taking part in this year's gay soccer tournament. That's the most since it started a decade ago. It's also the first time the gay world cup has been held in Latin America."

A viewer named Dwight Todd logged onto KOMU.com and wrote his view:

"I noticed on the news this morning there was mention of a gay soccer event. I would suspect KOMU to be a family oriented news broadcast, but apparently not. If KOMU deems it necessary to run non-family oriented news reports, could you please show them when children will be least likely to see them? Since when is a gay soccer tournament newsworthy in the first place, unless KOMU is pandering to the gay community?"

KOMU News director Stacey Woelfel had this response. "I think pandering is too strong of a word. I looked at the video and I thought it was fine to air at the time. The bigger picture is, while that wasn't an important public policy issue, we do cover those and there are gay issues in that. And I think the viewer would rather we not cover those but they are important enough where we want to have them in the news."

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