I remember September 11th 2001 like it was yesterday. I worked at a cable television company and handled the customers at the front counter. There was a television right near my work area that we used to check channels for our local customer to see if issues were at the home of the customer or a problem coming from our broadcast. This television was on all 8 hours that we were in the office.
I remember someone coming in to work and asking us if we knew that a plane crashed into the Pentagon. I remember my jaw hitting the floor, and changing the channel to the news. I watched in horror as the second plane crashed into the towers. I watched people make a choice to jump out of a burning building to their deaths rather than die in a fire. Weeks and weeks I was forced to have the news in my face day after day as the news reported stories about heroes. I watched them report about survivors found, the clean up, the way it affected everyone in America. What I didn’t think about was how it effected me.
When I realized a few years later that those experiences for me were negative, I stopped watching the news. I read it online occasionally, but as far as I am concerned, it was far too much for me to deal with. The news didn’t report happy things, they reported what sold a story with no thought or regard to the people it effected. I thought when I walked away from the news that it would never affect me again. Boy was I wrong.
My place of employment has recently been attacked in the local and national news. Of course I cannot go into details here, and won’t, but I am absolutely sickened by the way America has read what is reported and the barrage of ill treatment our company has received due to these news reports. The phone calls and emails people have sent to us in regards to the issue are absolutely absurd. We’ve received threats such as “Just you wait! You’ll get yours soon!!!” and of course the company is no less than satan in the eyes of the public. There is a kicker though. Are you ready for this? Are you sure?
No national news organization has contacted our office. Not one. Not one reporter has walked into our office and asked for an interview. Not one. These news agencies have been in Arkansas to “get the story” yet all they tried to do was get the story that would sell. They didn’t ask for the truth. They asked for a one sided story and that alone is what they reported.
A coworker of mine has been attacked on a personal level in ways no one should ever have to deal with at their job. She has been personally attacked and the most horrendous comments have been made on blogs across the country about her. She is terrified that some lunatic will hunt her down and harm her or her family and lives in fear because let’s face it…Crazy people have done more for less. She has seen her name on the national news time and time again and is being painted as a horrible person. I am sickened by this treatment. This woman is nothing less than a sweet woman who knows her job and does it well. She has children and a family she goes home to at night.
I realized from this that I will honestly do my best to take everything said in the news as a half truth. There is always more to the REAL story than what the news reports. There is always another side to the story. I throughly believe the news reports the most evil side of things in order to sell stories, and quite frankly never care to see the news “reported” again. They’re not reporting, they’re marketing. They’re making money and their doing it at the expense of the privacy and safety of American citizens.