The NewsJanuary 6, 2007
The story about the New York guy who jumped down onto the train tracks and saved a stranger’s life is pretty awesome. But check this out: in the guy’s own personal account as he gave it on Letterman the same day, he jumped down, tried to pick the guy up three times, saw that a train was getting close, then held the guy down between the tracks.
Then, on MSNBC, a computer animation is shown in which he jumps down and immediately holds the guy down between the tracks, the instant the train reaches them.
Why is it okay for the news to show stuff that isn’t true? If they don’t have the facts, they shouldn’t just make them up. If they do have the facts, they should report them accurately. I honestly don’t understand how this kind of stuff happens.
Usually when I encounter a news report about something that I have some knowledge of, I find it misleading; who knows what kinds of false impressions I’ve gotten from the news on topics I didn’t already know about?