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Posts Tagged ‘Chinatown’

WCCO Finally Issues Statement on Dog Meat Story: ‘We Now Believe He Said Duck’

After spending three weeks acting as if the story had never aired, WCCO quietly issued an “Editor’s Note” last week about its notorious Chinatown dog meat story.

Here’s the note, which was posted to the station’s website…

On Oct. 31, WCCO aired a story during our 10 p.m. news about a dog breeder who was found to have sold nearly 1,400 dogs after her USDA license to sell was terminated in August 2010.

While investigating where those dogs ended up, we discovered an address where, on 12 separate occasions over a period of approximately a year, a total of 168 dogs were shipped. At that address in New York, we found two business establishments including a market. During our visit we found no evidence of the dogs. Read more

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Here’s Video of WCCO’s Chinatown Dog Meat Story

WCCO has attempted to scrub any evidence of its notorious Chinatown dog meat story from the internet.  Well, we’ve got the video and here it is (above).

WCCO News Director Defends Chinatown Dog Meat Story in Memo to Staff

Since running its notorious Chinatown dog meat story on October 31st, WCCO has stubbornly stuck with a “no comment” when asked about the incident.

The CBS O&O has remained so tight-lipped about the story that station management has reportedly refused to talk about it with staff.  That changed today.

WCCO news director Mike Caputa (pictured) issued a memo today defending the story and implying that the meat market may actually have possessed dog meat at some point.

In the memo, first published by MinnPost, Caputa assures his staff that “no one is being terminated” and says that the station now believes the meat market worker said “duck” instead of “dog,” while speaking with reporter James Schugel.  Full memo inside… Read more

Reporter Behind Chinatown Dog Meat Story Is a Favorite of WCCO GM, His Frat Brother

WCCO has been loudly silent in the wake of its infamous Chinatown dog meat story, sticking with a firm “no comment” as damaging details about the investigative report continue to emerge.

The latest: Minneapolis alternative weekly City Pages reports that the person from the Chinatown meat market who spoke to WCCO’s James Schugel told him that he didn’t speak “very good” English and WCCO vice president and general manager Brien Kennedy may be protecting Schugel from the fallout because they’re “fraternity brothers and go to the same church.” Read more

Here’s the Transcript of WCCO’s Notorious Chinatown Dog Meat Story

Last week WCCO aired an investigative report about a Minnesota puppy mill owner who appeared to be shipping dogs to a meat market in New York City’s Chinatown.  Through a miscommunication that will likely be cited in journalism classes for years to come, WCCO reporter James Schugel asked a worker at the Chinatown meat market if he sold dog meat.  Thinking Schugel was asking about duck meat, the man answered matter-of-factly, “Yeah, we sell dog meat.”

After the New York state agriculture department searched the meat market for dog meat (and found none), the New York Post ran a story that was picked up by dozens of blogs and newspapers across the country, and WCCO’s epic fail was even given the Taiwanese animation treatment.  This week, Minneapolis Star Tribune gossip columnist C.J. reported that WCCO staffers are concerned “that heads could roll,” and the SPJ and the AAJA publicly urged the CBS O&O to issue an apology.

All the while WCCO has tried its best to ignore the publicity and criticism, apparently hoping that the story will just go away (the station has scrubbed all details of Schugel’s report from its website, even as commenters ask for an explanation).  When reached by phone today, the station’s communications director stuck with a “no comment.”  Since WCCO continues to ignore the issue and much of the public outcry has been based on hearsay, TVSpy has decided to run a transcript of the story… Read more

WCCO Investigation Uncovers Dog Meat Sold in Chinatown! (Turns Out It Was Actually ‘Duck Meat’)

Investigating a local puppy mill that had been illegally shipping dogs across the country, WCCO reporter James Schugel made a dramatic discovery: the owner of the puppy mill appeared to be sending dogs to a meat market in New York City’s Chinatown.

So WCCO sent a hidden camera to the Dak Cheong Meat Market, inquiring if the address housed a pet store. When the undercover crew was unable to find any evidence of a pet operation there, Schugel decided to call up the meat market and ask them pointblank if they sold dog meat. And this is where things got interesting. Read more