Justin McLeod's Blog

July 20, 2012
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There are times I really hate the internet and this week is one of them.  Some people post outrageous and just plain wrong statements on our comment section.  Part of me says I should just ignore it.  I often do.  But I am finding people are starting to believe what is said.  

A good example of this was the shooting Memorial Day that left Jennifer Agee dead and State Police Sgt. Matt Brannock shot.  Someone posted this on our comment section, "got told a few mins ago that trooper shot will be ok! Catch up News7."

We knew early on a State Police trooper had been shot and that he was ok.  The problem is no one would confirm it on the record.  We can't just go on the air and report whatever we hear.  We have to wait until authorities are ready to release the information.  I know this is frustrating.  People want information right away but we have to wait, and there's a good reason for it.  During a breaking news situation, a lot of the information in the beginning turns out to be wrong.  For example, we first heard the trooper had been shot in the head.  Turns out he was shot in the leg.  What if we went on the air or and reported that or posted it on our website??  These same people would be criticizing us for not waiting until we had confirmation.  We also heard the victim at the Sheetz worked for the Roanoke County Police Department.  That too turned out not be true.  We never reported any of this.  We waited until we got the story right.  Every news organization wants to get the story first.  We are all competitive but it is important to first get it right!

People also need to realize during a breaking news situation authorities don't drop everything to come talk to us.  They have a job to do.  Would you expect a firefighter to put down a hose and come give me information while a house is burning?  No.  So I ask you to be patient.  We are professionals.  We know what we are doing.  Trust us!  Also, I think I've said this before but don't believe everything you read on facebook. 

Some are also criticizing the news media for reporting on the possible motive in the shooting that killed Jennifer Agee.  Some have said we are trying to smear a dead woman and we are just reporting gossip.  We are not TMZ.  We report facts.  We got this information from search warrants.  These are court documents, not a piece paper we found in a dumpster or information we heard in the line at the grocery store.  Certainly our hearts go out to the Agee family but we have a job to do.  What is the question many of you have asked since Monday's shooting?   what prompted this?  It is our job to try to answer those questions, even if it is painful information that some don't want to hear.


May 24th

It amazes me sometimes how some people think they know me just from watching me on tv.  A lot of my friends who think they know me, don't even really know me.  So here's what you need to know!

I am a bicentennial baby.  I was born with apnea and was on a monitor for the first two years of my life.  I had a baby brother who died of the same condition.  I've had arthritis since birth.  I am a natural blond.  My hair was white as a kid.  I am mainly Scottish and Swedish.  I am sarcastic.  I don't sugar coat things.  If I don't like you, you know it.  I am blunt.  I don't like to lie and I hate liars.  I don't smile very often, it just ain't me.  Some say I don't let people get close to me, they are probably right.  I am kinda of a loner.  I am not one of those people who needs to be the life of the party with tons of friends.  I like to have a small group of close knit friends.  I am shy.  You put me in a room full of strangers, and I won't talk.  I sometimes have low self-esteem.  I've only been in love once in my life.  I don't believe in love at first sight.  I don't know how to flirt. I wasn't overly popular in high school.  I am not innately smart, you should see my SAT scores!  I am mildly dyslexic.  I have a lot of trouble with phone numbers.  I rarely show it but I easily cry.  I get teary eyed at weddings and especially at homecomings for soldiers.   I love baseball, the Red Sox, and watching movies.  I have a weakness for ice-cream sandwiches.  I don't really like chocolate.  I have a cat but we don't particularly like each other.  I don't like seafood and I am not a big fan of Chinese food.  I prefer to go to the beach at night, rather than the day.  Love the sound of the ocean while walking in the dark.  I am not a morning person and finally I like my popcorn slightly burnt.  Ok, enough about me!

May 17th

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