Last Summer a deadly fire broke out at a group home in San Antonio. 13 mentally disabled men who lived there found their only exit blocked by fire. 3 of the men died.
A tragic story to say the least. Yet that story did not get nearly the news coverage on WOAI that station gave to a fire yesterday in which no one was killed and no one lost their home.
WOAI did breaking news and special reports from a fire that happened in their own building! The blaze started on the 2nd floor in the Traffic Department and was quickly put out by firefighters.
Yet, the station treated the story as if hundreds died in the fire.
They did the newscast from the station's parking lot and preempted shows to bring viewers special reports about the tragic fire where at least 14 paper clips died and Betty from accounting lost her favorite coffee mug.
The station posted photos and photos on their website and Facebook page.
And it was the same Facebook page where viewers proved that they "get it" more than the station.
While the station was falling all over themselves to report on themselves, viewers tried to bring the station back to reality.... it didn't work.
Here are just some of what viewers had to say about WOAI excessive team smotherage of a story about them.
The station had Reporter Jacqueline Ortiz suited up and walked through the station with firefighters.
By reading the chyron above it appears Ortiz was responsible for making sure the station was safe. Here's a thought, why not let the Fire Department decide that?
WOAI did a great job in tough conditions to get the newscast on the air, but in reality the viewers really don't care. It's your job!
There is no doubt that WOAI got way to wrapped up in a story about themselves. Let's hope other stations learn something from it.