spook of the ozarks

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Smells like local TV news

It must have sounded like a great story: A thief steals a woman's wheelchair while she's shopping at Wal-Mart.
So that's what they reported at 5. She had slow-to-heal a broken leg. She left her chair with a greeter while she shopped in one of their motorized scooters. When she returned her wheelchair was gone. Now she's reduced to crawling around her house on hands and knees. Great video!
By 6, horrified viewers had called offering to help her replace her stolen wheelchair. Great public service journalism! But prompting us to wonder: Why the hell wasn't Wal-Mart replacing it?
Denouement at 10: The greeter had stuck it behind a counter for safekeeping; the Wal-Mart store found and returned it. Reporting that apparently passes for a correction.
That's first-class journalism, guys.


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