(3-13-2008) Three women are accused of attacking an Upstate reporter. What is your reaction? - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

(3-13-2008) Three women are accused of attacking an Upstate reporter. What is your reaction?

Three women are accused of attacking an Upstate reporter. What is your reaction?
  • GR,
    Makes SC look like a bunch of racist rednecks. The book needs to be thrown at the stupid attackers.
  • SH, Columbia
    Although this family is grieving, there is no reason or excuse to attack anyone, especially if the someone is across the street. Character is taught at home and it is obvious that the murderer wasn't taught character if his mother behaves this way. Reporters are nosey and obtrusive, but that's what they get paid to do. We, as adults, still need to take the high road and ignore them if we don't want them around.
  • jg, Columbia
    For those of you who are praising the women who beat up the reporter: I can't help but wonder what your reaction would be if a white reporter was viciously assaulted by a black family. Maybe I'm just cynical, but I strongly suspect that you would consider the blacks to be out-of-control thugs and the reporter to be an innocent victim.
  • DT, West Columbia
    In defending this reporter's right to cover the story, I have heard the argument put forward that "It was her job." But my question is who wrote this job description? And what independent entity exists to interpret what a journalist's job actually is? Nearly as I can tell, it is journalists themselves who determine what their job is. To me, that looks suspiciously like the proverbial "fox guarding the chickens." And speaking as one of the chickens, I'm not so sure the fox always has my interests at heart. When the Founding Fathers wrote the First Amendment, which journalists so often cite as the basis for their right to "do their job" unimpeded by any outside constraint, I don't believe they had in mind the excesses we find ourselves subjected to today. There is a vast difference between disclosing the workings of government and intruding upon the lives of otherwise private individuals who suddenly find themselves caught up in public tragedies. Media needs to be reminded from time to time that the First Amendment is not a blank check. No freedom is absolute. And when freedom is exercised to excess it is eventually abridged.
  • JP, Columbia
    I saw the tape and the reporter deserved whatever she got.
  • SH, Lexingto
    The reporter got what she deserved.
  • BB,
    I think reporters should be required to give families who lose their loved ones a certain amount of time to grieve before they are allowed to interfere. When your freedoms infringe on other peoples rights there is a lack of respect somewhere whether it is a law or not.
  • MW, Raleigh
    They broke the law, the attacked another person, they should be charged and put in jail.
  • MS, CAYCE
    I really feel for any person that has to go out and do the news for they really don't know if they will get a door shut or a gun in the face. Sure most of the time you are safe, but then you will have a case of people who are hurting and then reach out and hurt the first thing that is there. I would make these people get some type of time for hurting this reporter. Thanks for all you do and know that I do CARE.
  • AS, Columbia
    Members of the media should allow families time to grieve and keep a respectable distance when a family member has passed away. Two people I know have had WIS reporters at their homes, one in Newberry and one in Lexington County, who refused to go away until the family gave in and allowed the reporter a statement. It is disrespectful to the family and should be considered an invasion of their privacy in such a stressful time. Kudos to the women who stood up to the reporters and fought for their right to grieve privately. They should not be charged and the local media should stop acting like the paparazzi in the wake of tragedy.
  • RS, Irmo
    While I certainly don't condone any violence, TV media seem to think that just because they are a TV crew they have the right to stick their camera in anyone's face regardless of the circumstances. These people were grieving the loss of a loved one and asked that the TV crew leave them alone. However, the TV crew did not leave them alone, instead continued to intrude. I don't think filming grieving people has anything to do with journalism or finding out answers to who did what. The TV media sometimes act like having a camera is like having a badge.
  • js, Blythewood
    It was wrong for the women to attack the reporter. A question, why didn't the camera person come to the aide of the reporter. Was he or she just more interested in fiming the incident?
  • gt, w cola
    get a story at all cost dont worry about the family. ratings is top priorty wltx might out do you.
  • JE, Columbia
    I'm wondering why none of the crew members present from WIS-TV tryed to help the reporter who was being attacked?
  • vm, Gaston
    Having had out-of-state family members subjected to media scrutiny, I can understand the response in this case. I don't condone it, but I do understand how the family members feel. In situations like the the one this reporter was working on, the media is usually very insensitive and sometimes aggressive in their zeal to "get the story." How about showing some compassion and human kindness for change? How about leaving when asked to do so? Family members should not be made part of the story by uncaring and unfeeling reporters.
  • NJ, Columbia
    I agree that reporters sometimes seem intrusive and that they sometimes are too intrusive. However, that does not justify the attack on the reporter. WIS recorded the attack and broadcast it they show the reporter across the street farther away than the WIS reporter and camera. Was she attacked because she Was an easy targe: black female, as opposed to WIS: white male? My sympathies to the grieving family, I'm sorry for your loss but, we cannot answer violence with violence. There's way to much of that here any way.
  • RG, Little Mountain
    The local media have become monsters. There are always two sides of a story. The local media typically reports on one side of the story that suits them instead of getting opposing story. Most satellite or cable networks typically report from all angles if possible. While I disagree with the violence these women exhibited, these women asked the crew to leave. But, the local media not caring about who they hurt or abuse stood their ground. Caring and compassion is not a trait of the local media unless they benefit from it somehow. Fortunately, I have satellite and don't watch the local TV stations much. We can only hope local TV stations become a thing of the past.
  • DJ, Gaston, SC
    What is the world coming to? These women should be ashamed of themselves. I would love to see justice where they are publically humiliated. And we wonder what's wrong with our youth...........
  • CC, Augusta, GA
    The reporter should have left when the family asked them to leave. No story or job is worth fighting someone over. Just move on to the next story. Reporters need to put themselves in the place of the people they are reporting on. Would you want to talk to someone if your family member were found dead?
  • CB, Batesburg
    I think that the media can be dramatic. Like when Craig Melvin said on the news last night that the reporter was "savedgely attacked.I think that statement was a little dramatic. The ladies were wrong they should have just walked away. They should be punished because they did something wrong. But how wrong is it for a camera man and a reporter both male to stand there and video tape a woman be "jumped." I think that bothered me more than what those 3 woman did.
  • JL, Columbia
    I think the report deserved whatever happened to her. I am sure the family had told them to leave her alone at least once. The media needs to learn that the victims of crime are not play toys and the media should not harass victims without permission.
  • RG, Little Mountain
    The local media have become monsters. There are always two sides of a story. The local media typically reports on one side of the story that suits them instead of getting opposing story. Most satellite or cable networks typically report from all angles if possible. While I disagree with the violence these women exhibited, these women asked the crew to leave. But, the local media not caring about who they hurt or abuse stood their ground. Caring and compassion is not a trait of the local media unless they benefit from it somehow. Fortunately, I have satellite and don't watch the local TV stations much. We can only hope local TV stations become a thing of the past.
  • BA, Hopkins
    Yes, news reporting is a job. But, some reporters take their noseyness too far. The family in the video went too far by attacking the news reporter however she should also have respected the family's wishes and privacy. They were mourning the loss of their loved one. I have noticed that the Channel 10 gang do a good job of respecting others privacy but do a good job of reporting at the same time. Thanks for a good job.
  • MM,
    The incident that happened is not excusable and everyone involved should be prosecuted. But, there are times when a reporter should just have respect for the situation. Example: a person's family member has died/is killed and here is a reporter sticking a mike in the person's face and asking how they feel about the tragedy...well, how stupid and insensitive. How would you think they would feel??? For gosh sakes, leave the people alone to grieve in private. Sometimes respect and empathy should rule.
  • HB, Sumter
    I don't agree that those women should have all jumped on the reporter, but at the same time, I cannot imagine how I'd feel to have lost a loved one and have camera crews following me around and reporters asking questions. I think there are appropriate times for reporters to hound the public and this is not one of those times. Also, I'd like to know what that particular reporter was saying before the attack- seems like she provoked it.
  • DM, Columbia
    Nothing justifies a physical attack, but reporters do intrude on many sensitive situations and ask some of the dumbest and most intrusive questions. Reporters are not interested in getting the truth. They just want to get or create a story first! Reporters should just report and not antagonize people just to be the first to break a story.
  • JV, Harbison
    Let's break this down very simply. Reporter was doing their job,individuals decided to commit a crime, sentence accordingly. Attack a paparazzi, pay for your crime, same idea, although I will say the papz seem to be a lot more obnoxiuos, by nature, but are utilizing their First Amendment rights, are they not?
  • LL, Irmo
    That's one hazard of the job when you stick a microphone in the faces of people who are already upset or angry. She's not the first reporter to learn this. Basically, to have a reporter in your face asking personal questions is an assault. If the women are charged with the attack, the reporter should face charges also for harassment.
  • VC, Irmo
    Sometime you cross the line when interviewing some one who has been assauted my someone or lost a family member. The first words out of the reporter's mouth is "How do you feel?" How would you feel if the same situation happen to you?? However, what happen to the reporter today was not justifiable.
  • SB, Westville
    Reporters need the "Respect" just the same as anyone else on their job. There is a reason certian people should not be reporters, because they can't handle the pressure. I applaud Reporters for giving us the story, no matter how true, untrue, happy, or sad it may be. They knew from the start that their job wouldn't be easy, but it doesn't give someone the right to take their anger out on someone for asking a question. Remember it's their job, we don't go to your work place and physically assult you because you asked a question. So do the same for the Reporters and respect their work as well as their personal saftey. They too are human, and I'm sure they don't want to ask questions, but it's their job and they deserve the Respect as well as Saftey. Thank you'll for doing the job that you love to do. I support you!-
  • RB, Gaston
    Assulting anyone no matter the circumstances is uncivilized behavior. Although grieving and in mourning they should not be given special treatment.
  • RJ, Columbia
    That was just vicious! For her to simply be doing her job, not to mention across the street away from the family, and for these people to attack her so viciously was amazing. While the attack was violent and uncalled for it amazes me even more that with all the specatators there no one put in a real attempt at breaking up this attack at times it even looks like here own camera man stepped back now thats tacky people watchin this innocent woman get attacked for their entertainemt....Just ridiculous...
  • WM, Denmark South Carolina
    My heart goes out to the reporter.But what about the paparazzi?There are many in our society who do not consider them reporters for the way they treat the celebrities and putting the public lives at risk.High speed car chases,surrounding the celebrities and getting nasty with them and the public who criticized them.Watch Dr Phil as he discussed this subject.
  • DT, West Columbia
    The reporter, Charmayne Brown of WSPA Spartanburg, was covering a homicide investigation and family present at the scene obviously did not want the publicity. That, and the fact that the reporter is black and the family white, is about all we know about the story for now. Having seen the video posted on the WYFF-TV web site I confess I don't agree with how the family made its wishes known. But I find myself siding with the family in their desire to avoid the publicity. I can't begin to count how many times I've seen a reporter stick a mic in someone's face on the occasion of a personal tragedy of one sort or another, and ask this poor person how they feel. I think if some reporter did that to me I would end up in the back of a squad car too, and that reporter would be picking his teeth up off the pavement! Too often, it seems to me, reporters are intentionally trying to provoke emotional reactions from their subjects. In this case I'd say Ms. Brown got one. And I'd say it serves her right!
  • MS, Norway
    Although, I think that their are alot things that the public and the community should be aware of; News Reporters can sometimes be aggrivating no offense. I think their presence can be very intimidating that's what causes these reactions.
  • AW, Blythewood
    I adamantly disagree with the intrusive nature of the news media. Even though it may not be legal to attack a reporter on your own property, I would never, as a juror, vote against anyone who does. I do not view newscasts to get the "gossip" on others. Newscasts (especially local ones) have now centered their telecasts around such. Thank goodness for cable. Hopefully, national telecasts will soon render local telecasts obsolete. Please also note that a large number of us are not interested in the personal opinions of the newcasters. When tuning in, we look only for facts about issues that affect us locally.
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