Re: Scouts and Guns
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 20 May 1997 08:22:50 -0400
On Tue, 20 May 1997, Dewitte A. Baisch wrote:
> I just finished watching what I consider terrible advertisement for Boy
> Scouts. On a local news channel tonight, a Scout troop in the Albany
> area (I will not mention the troop number) was on the air, in uniform,
> telling about an outing they were on where one Scout stepped over a
> snake that he didn't see, a Scout behind him sees the snake and yells,
> and the Scoutmaster comes over and blows the snake's head off. The news
> segment went on to talk about good snakes and bad snakes, which was
> fine, but the description of the exciting event (not to mention the
> exciting event) should not have gone over the air.
Should not have happened, period.
> also wonder if their council had cleared the news segment for broadcast,
> and if so, why?
A legitimate news item needs no clearance nor would any self-respecting
paper or newsman ask for one, since it amounts to prior censorship.
A feature article which needs the active cooperation and participation of
Council is going get "clearance" or it isn't going to get cooperation and
participation. Anyone who has ever played Phone-Tag knows all about
And when something newsworthy happens during data-collection for a
feature ... say the reporter is doing a feature on banking programs and
is THERE when the bank is robbed ... it is generally treated as a news
item. Which leads me to wonder why a newscamera was on this hike in the
first place?I mean, Boy Scouts hiking in the woods isn't exactly Breaking
News! Or was it a matter of one of the leaders or the boys had a personal
cam-corder and sold the film to the newschannel?
On the whole, though, I do agree the last thing BSA needs right now is
more gun-related PR. If I mention Jere does it count as an extra day to
the thread? <D&R>
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