Drug Bust Coverage

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Monday, July 30 2007 Jul 30, 2007 Monday, July 30, 2007 1:54:55 AM CDT July 30, 2007 in News

This email is from a viewer named Jenny.

"You constantly clutter your website and your news broadcasts with stories about drug busts in Columbia. How are these stories news? Drug busts happen in Central Missouri everyday. What makes you think that I or anyone else in Central Missouri care about some lone drug dealer getting arrested outside his house? Perhaps KOMU should report on news all over Central Missouri instead of lazily regurgitating what's on the Columbia Tribune's website."

KOMU's Sarah Hill responds,

"Jenny, the stories you see on KOMU like the drug bust stories, that information comes from the police department, not a newspaper's website. But you are right in that the majority of drug busts we report happen in Columbia. That's the law enforcement agency that sends up the most information. So perhaps we might do a better job of seeking out information in other counties," Hill explains.

What do you think about local news stations reporting drug busts. Do you care?

"Well I think it is fine. You have to be careful because things may not always be what they seem to be. It is always possible they are innocent," one Columbia resident explains.

"They are going to get their name and their face plastered on the news and they are losing their privacy," another viewer said.

"It's all right. As long as they protect the identity of the people being arrested I am ok with it. I mean innocent until proven guilty," another resident said.

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