There was a time when people who were angry about a minor error in one of my TV reports, they didn’t have a lot of options.
Complain to their spouse
Pick up the phone and call the newsroom
Write a letter
Today, with e-mail, viewers can send obnoxious notes without even thinking about it. For example, this note:
Hi Spelling is obviously no longer considered to be a part of good journalism. Power Point bullet highlights can be useful, but I would recommend doing a spell check first or it only magnifies errors. You had Suprise. Most 5th graders can spell this word correctly - s u r p r i s e Good Luck with your career Steve K**** Minneapolis
I responded in a nice way, taking responsibility. I wish I could have responded like this. Hi. (note the period I put after the word “Hi.” It’s called a sentence. Look into it.)
Courtesy is obviously no longer considered to be a part of good citizenship. I don’t type the words on the screen, so I’m not sure you can associate one mispelled word with journalism. Also, most people in TV can’t spell at a 5th grade level, so cut us some slak. Good Luck with being a douche. Jason D WCCO