YOUR VIEW: KOMU 8 responds to unfair use of testimony

2 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, October 23 2015 Oct 23, 2015 Friday, October 23, 2015 11:26:00 AM CDT October 23, 2015 in Your View
By: Cody Crutchfield, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

OSAGE BEACH - On September 8th, KOMU wrote a story based on an investigation report released by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. 

The report detailed the extent of the investigation so far into a condo fire in Osage Beach, which killed four children. 

In the story by KOMU, we included testimonials gathered in the fire report, many of which concluded the father of one of the children was present at the time of the fire. 

But one testimony from the report alluded the father was not at the condo at the time of the fire. 

KOMU decided to put in the differing testimony in the report to try and show both sides of the incident. 

After we posted the story on our Facebook wall, one viewer was upset we included the differing testimony. 

She wrote, "It is a news article written by a reporter quoting the fire report. The problem being what they chose to put into the article. They chose to report someone assuming the father wasn't home, but didn't include an eyewitness account of the father climbing down the balconies. The news report is unfairly written and people are bashing the father." 

The next day after the original article was written, it was updated to try and make it a more accurate representation of the investigation report. 

But according to Annie Hammock, the interactive director at KOMU, the differing testimony was still necessary to the story. 

"We moved the conflicting report down in the story, so that it was lower to give it less emphasis," Hammock said. "We did include it because it was a contradictory account and we felt that was necessary, but we placed less emphasis on it and gave it more context." 

The news director at KOMU Randy Reeves however believes the conflicting report should not have been included in the article. 

"Not everything is news worthy, and in this case, in the bigger picture, it clearly wasn't news worthy," Reeves said. 

He believes if the reporter would have looked deeper at the report and investigated more, the conflicting testimony would not be in the article. 

"You really need to scrutinize who said what and was it thoroughly investigated; can you investigate it because we don't necessarily take everything that's in a police report or in an investigation report," Reeves said. 

We want to hear from you. Was it wrong to include the differing testimony? 

Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or email us, then watch KOMU 8 News at 6 p.m. Fridays to see our Your View segment.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A judge has turned down a Ferguson lawmaker's attempt to run for a seat in the... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:36:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Zoo has welcomed a baby giraffe. Zoo officials announced Tuesday that Beau was... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:18:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
FERGUSON (AP) — St. Louis County authorities say a 70-year-old Green Park woman died from heat-related issues when her home's... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:29:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
KIRKWOOD (AP) — A 71-year-old St. Louis man and his adult son are both charged with assault for allegedly beating... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:02:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Harry S. Truman VA Hospital is building a home to ease the burden of travel for veterans... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:00:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
FAYETTE - City leaders are working toward a solution for its volunteer-based fire department. The Fayette Board of Aldermen... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:44:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - New Bloomfield citizens are looking for answers after yet another city council meeting was canceled Tuesday. ... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:40:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Ryan Lee Gehris said he’s always loved to ride his bike. Lately, that hobby has turned... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 6:39:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
MEXICO - The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested two people and accused them of child abuse in Mexico, Missouri, following... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 5:31:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - The Moberly Police Department has a new directory for people with autism, but some people think it shouldn't... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:49:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Crews recently broke ground on a new hog farm in Callaway County, and locals have strong opinions... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:06:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church have issued a formal church complaint against Attorney... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Radio Television Digital News Association has named KOMU.com best website in a small market for the second... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2:48:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A punctured gas line caused large-scale evacuations in the heart of downtown Columbia Tuesday afternoon. Columbia Police... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2:38:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Cole County judge says there are a few key legal questions to be answered before he... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Juneteenth brings communities together to honor the official ending of slavery in the U.S. One group in Jefferson... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:17:00 AM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Democratic Party and a World War II veteran are suing to block the appointment of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 11:10:00 AM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Trump administration policy to force separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:58:00 AM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
12pm 90°
1pm 90°
2pm 89°
3pm 89°