The more cynical think the media are biased and decide based solely on our hidden agenda. There’s no hidden agenda. We often make judgments based on a very simple principle.
You can’t be in two places at once.
Today’s a typical example. The day before Thanksgiving, a busy morning on NBC Right Now Local News Today, and with someone out sick, I had to choose between going to court and covering the criminal docket, or to the airport and catch a soldier come home for Thanksgiving.
This is when I ask myself, “If I was home watching TV news on the evening before Thanksgiving, what would I want to watch?”
And I choose…
(ON CAM) HOME, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS,
(VOICE OVER) ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS APRIL PETTY OF BENTON CITY.
MEMBERS OF THE GROUP ACES WELCOMED PETTY AS SHE WALKED INTO THE TRI-CITIES AIRPORT TERMINAL.
PETTY HAS THREE WEEKS R-AND-R WITH HERE PARENTS AND HER DOG NOODLES BEFORE SHE RETURNS TO HER BASE IN HAWAII.
AFTER THE HOLIDAYS, PETTY SAYS SHE MAY BE SHIPPED TO EITHER AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ, THOUGH SHE’S ENCOURAGED THAT MANY OF HER FELLOW TROOPS ARE RETURNING HOME.
(TAKE SOUND ON TAPE)
“Right now they’re bringing a lot of troops back, so I’m really happy about that. I’m not sure if I’m going to be sent overseas, but we’ll see.”
(CONTINUE VIDEO/VOICE OVER)
PETTY SAYS HER IMMEDIATE PLANS ARE TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAY AND CATCH UP ON HER SLEEP.##
On the day before Thanksgiving, this sure beat a stuffy courtroom, which can be a bit of a downer.
If you miss the newscast, you can watch Petty’s homecoming at the Video Center on The NBC Right Now website.