Posts Tagged ‘James Schugel’
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
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
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
The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has joined the Asian American Journalists Association in calling on WCCO to apologize for falsely reporting in October that a meat market in New York City’s Chinatown was selling dog meat.
In a statement that called WCCO “woefully unresponsive,” the SPJ blamed the Minneapolis CBS O&O for “perpetuating an unfortunate stereotype.”
“WCCO cannot undo the harm inflicted by airing the story. However, the editors and managers of the station can improve their own credibility and the esteem of all professional journalists by being upfront and transparent from here on out,” the statement reads. “…Not doing so makes it harder for all journalists working to win the respect of the public they serve.” Read more
WCCO’s comically flawed investigation into dog meat being sold in New York City’s Chinatown has reached a new level of notoriety. Taiwanese animation outfit Next Media Animation today posted their account of the incident (video above).
WCCO investigative reporter James Schugel has yet to respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.
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