BREAKING NEWS! Intellectually challenged news crew caught wasting video tape and bandwidth while on company time!!
Joe Shortsleeve, an alleged news reporter from Boston's WBZ Ch. 38 was caught on the internet reporting a non-story about Boston Fire Department apparatus actually leaving a fire station and traveling 1.2 miles for the purpose of procuring food.
Shortsleeve is accused by numerous Boston residents of being "pathetic" and "not smarter than a fifth grader" after posting the Feb. 8th article.
These accusations arose after the article was posted, despite comments from a retired Boston finance official and a fire commissioner stating that the practice was within policy. The accusations were further justified after it became apparent that Shortsleeve has no common sense.
Fire service pundit Joseph Schmoe said that the article "reeked of sensationalistic journalism" and called Shirtsleeves an "idiot". Schmoe also said that this was an example of why journalism is dying in America.
The above paragraphs were posted by me as a comment to an article on the WBZ TV web-site . The article is part of the I-Team series, which apparently is an on-line investigative report series for WBZ-TV in Boston, MA. I would have written more, but I was limited to 600 characters and had to edit my comment rather heavily.
Apparently, the I-team spent a few weeks staking out a supermarket for the purpose of catching Boston F.D. Engine 32 buying groceries. Hoping to create a scandal, Shortsleeve and the I-Team attempted to give the impression that the crew of E-32 was doing something wrong by taking the unit to the store to buy food for the shift.
Shortsleeve asked a fire commissioner about the incidents and apparently didn't receive the response he was looking for. He then went to a retired finance official from the City of Boston, who told him that the crew could basically go where they wished, including the market. The third person Shortsleeve quoted was a self-described "City Watch Dog" (meaning ignorant ass with no other life than to sit through city council meetings, take notes and then bore the council and the audience by rambling at the podium for five minutes) Who said "It's just not right".
The I-team either didn't research the nature of shift-work, the need to keep crews together or the fact that some crews may work for several days straight, or they just chose not to report it. Either way, it shows that the I-team are hack reporters who are trying to create controversy.
As you might be able to tell, this kind of reporting really pisses me off. People are entitled to their opinion, but reporters have a responsibility to research an article to ensure facts and to ensure that the reader is receiving an accurate picture of the issue at hand. Unfortunately, this type of journalism is becoming more prevalent in the media.
Yet they wonder why their ratings are dropping. What an ignorant, arrogant asshole. I hope I run into him at O'Malleys.
Thanks to the Geeze over at Firegeezer.com for breaking the story.
Thanks for reading,
A pissed off Schmoe