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KSTP Owner Blames Social Media For #Pointergate Backlash

kstp_304Stanley Hubbard, chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, parent company of the station at the center of the #pointergate controversy, went on the defensive against detractors of the KSTP story that claimed the mayor and a get-out-the-vote volunteer were throwing gang signs in a picture.

Hubbard responded to the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists after it called on the Minneapolis ABC affiliate to “disavow” the story, which came to be known as #pointergate.

In his letter, Hubbard stands by his station’s report and blames social media for fomenting controversy, at one point saying the internet lacks credibility.

We know that social media is able to control Internet conversation on any given topic. As I am sure you know, much of what appears on the Internet lacks credibility. We have read all too many Internet messages about our coverage from people (and, in many cases, “bots”) who obviously had not seen our coverage, or who came to the Internet with a predetermined point of view. Sadly, a number of respected news organizations have engaged in what any unbiased professional journalist would recognize as inadequate independent reporting about our story. The fact that our report was the “top trending” story in the Twittersphere for a day or two does not lend veracity to the tweets, biogs and posts it engendered.

Read the full letter after the jump. Read more

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Denver Police Use Social Media to Question KDVR Story about Alleged Police Brutality

The Denver Police department is using social media in an attempt to discredit a KDVR story that claims officers tried to destroy video evidence of alleged brutality during a drug arrest in August.

The department tweeted out a press release with the title in all caps, “ACCURACY MATTERS – KNOW THE FACTS…” claiming KDVR reporter Chris Halsne minimized or omitted facts they “believe are relevant and should have been provided to Fox 31′s audience as a part of a balanced, ethical, and un-biased news account.”

Halsne’s reports alleges Denver police threatened witness Levi Frasier and deleted video he took of police punching a prone suspect in the face multiple times, then knocking the suspect’s pregnant girlfriend to the ground after she tried to intervene. The Denver Post reports, the police say they never saw the video.

In the release, the police say among other things, Frasier told Halsne he “didn’t know if the officer deleted the video” and that he told officers at the scene they had “acted correctly.” The department goes on to say Frasier recently served a “lengthy sentence” in Michigan and has “six aliases.”

The Denver Police also say they should be given the right to check Frasier’s Samsung tablet to see if the video was, in fact, deleted, something they say KDVR didn’t do “prior to reporting the allegations in the sensational manner that they did.”

See the Denver Police Department’s tweet after the jump. Read more

KXLY Faces Backlash Over Report About Felon Giving Money Away

kxly good samKXLY first reported a Spokane man, who wanted to remain anonymous, was giving out cash on the street. Then, the Spokane ABC station did a check on the guy and discovered he had multiple convictions for fraud and theft and was on parole for multiple felony counts in Idaho.

Poynter reports, when KXLY reported what they found, some viewers were not pleased with the station. Some even accused the station of lying to Edward Jarzabek about keeping his identity secret when they revealed who he was once they discovered his past.

The station went back to Jarzabek to confront him about his prison record and he admitted it was all true. He had been in a lot of trouble but he said he was turning his life around and wanted to help others. He could not say exactly where all of that money came from though. KXLY didn’t go for the sensational “chase the bad guy down the street while shouting at him” interview. They sat down in an office and gave him a chance to tell his story.

KXLY was surprised to find that people were upset with their reporting. People posted angry messages on the station’s website supporting Jarzabek’s “charity.” Read more

WTVC Apologizes for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Tweet During Ferguson Coverage

While the rest of the country was watching what was happening with the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict in Ferguson, Mo., Chattanooga ABC affiliate WTVC seemed more concerned its viewers wouldn’t be able to watch Dancing with the Stars.

Buzzfeed had a screen shot of a tweet sent out by the station after it preempted regular programming to cover what was happening in Ferguson. The tweet read, “Don’t worry, Dancing with the Stars will be back soon after the special report. #Ferguson.”

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After viewers reportedly complained, WTVC tweeted two apologies.

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Graham Media Group Buys Social Media Startup

Graham-Media-Group-jpgGraham Media Group announced it has acquired SocialNewsDesk, a company providing social media management tools for newsrooms.

“We are excited to bring SocialNewsDesk into the Graham Media Group family,” Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, said in a statement. “In fact, we have been their client and appreciate, firsthand, the value they provide to our newsrooms.”

According to the release, SocialNewsDesk gives local TV stations the tools to publish content and manage their social media presence “while providing news producers and writers the ability to better manage the flow of information put out on social platforms.”

SND said its next product “SND On Air” will allow TV stations to “curate, style and broadcast social content.”

Social Media Continues Attack on KSTP Over ‘Pointergate’

kstp gang report_304The KSTP facebook page still hasn’t recovered after the Minneapolis ABC affiliate aired two stories about Mayor Betsy Hodges flashing gang signs in a photo with a get-out-the-vote volunteer.

Viewers have taken to commenting on unrelated facebook posts put up by the station, including weather warnings.  This morning, a post about the recent snowfall was met with pictures of people, including the Dalai Lama and the Pope, pointing. The Pope’s picture featured the comment, “Yet another thug flashing gang signs.”

Meanwhile, the Twitter hashtag #pointergate continues to thump along at a steady pace. Sex and love advice columnist Dan Savage has joined the attack, offering cash money to anyone who takes a picture wearing an “I’m with Stupid” T-Shirt while standing next to the KSTP reporter who started it all, Jay Kolls:

We asked the station how they plan to address the issue, but haven’t heard back. We’ll update when we do.

NBC Owned Stations Names Sarah Glover Head of Social Media

NBCOTS_VectorSarah Glover has been promoted to Social Media Editor for the NBC Owned Television Stations division.

Glover comes to NBC OTS from WCAU in Philadelphia. She will help the station group’s 11 stations “build and engage” their social media audiences.

“Sarah is smart, collaborative and understands firsthand the daily needs of our stations’ digital teams,” Josh Kleinbaum, executive editor of Digital Media, NBC Owned Television Stations said in a statement. “As audiences increasingly turn to social media for their local news and information, Sarah will play an integral role in ensuring we have the right strategies in place to engage our communities and distribute our content across the various social platforms.”

Before working at WCAU, Glover was staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News. Before that she was staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Twitter Fail: KC Station Apologizes for Offering Viewers Gruesome Break from World Series

KCTV joined the growing ranks of TV stations that have discovered social media can be a fickle friend.

While home town heroes Kansas City Royals were getting their crowns handed to them by the San Francisco Giants in game one of the World Series Monday night, the Kansas City CBS affiliate tweeted out: “Need a break from the game? Watch our 10 p.m. news for the latest on a body found in the Little Blue River & more.”

A USA TODAY baseball editor saved the tweet by retweeting it:

They tried again with a lighter story:

KCTV later apologized for the awkward choice they presented:

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WYFF Viewers Asked to ‘Like for Prayers’ on Facebook Report About Deadly Car Crash

Greenville, SC NBC affiliate WYFF might be guilty of using someone else’s tragedy for its own social media gain, while couching it in a religious message.

WYFF reports, a teen died and four others were injured in the crash at a local gas station.

Reaction amongst viewers seemed split. “Seriously now we are ‘liking’ for prayers!!!! News 4 is ridiculous,” commented one viewer. While another said, “what’s wrong with praying…..from the looks of it they could use the prayers. Thanks channel 4.”

WSB GM Says He Wants Departing Meteorologist to Stay

wsb304WSB GM Tim McVay wrote a note to viewers on the station’s facebook page yesterday saying he wants departing meteorologist David Chandley to stay but is prepared if he doesn’t.

Yesterday TVSpy reported Chandley was leaving WSB because he always wanted to be a chief meteorologist. Currently, he is one of five meteorologists on staff at WSB. Current chief Glenn Burns has been at the station since 1981.

“Although I still hope that David will change his mind and stay with Channel 2, we congratulate him on the great work he’s done while a member of Severe Weather Team 2,” wrote McVay.

But McVay added the station has a plan if Chandley leaves, “If he doesn’t return we will begin looking for the person to join Chief Meteorologist Glenn BurnsKaren MintonBrad Nitz and our newest Severe Weather Team 2 member, Katie Walls.” Read more

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