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Steve Crump: WBTV’s Psychic Reporter

I’ve always enjoyed Steve Crump’s reporting and his documentaries, but I think Crump made a major misstep during his interview with Charlotte city councilman Warren Turner and Turner’s attorneys.

At one point Crump prefaces a question to Turner with, “You have been very honest and very upfront through this process, as you can be.” Really? How does Crump know that?

The city of Charlotte just spent $35,000 to produce a 20-page report the primary thrust of which was to call into question Turner’s honesty on a range of topics. Most glaring, the city’s investigating attorney Valecia McDowell flatly contradicted the contention from Turner’s camp that he left the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Academy voluntarily.

At a minimum any objective observer cannot say what the truth might be on these matters. Yet Crump has already made a determination.

Now maybe Crump simply misspoke. Perhaps he just meant to say that Turner has been very declarative in defending himself. That would be true. But it is a big mistake to stipulate anything about Turner’s honesty at this point, especially as Turner has yet to respond to the troubling details raised by the city’s report.

6 Responses to “Steve Crump: WBTV’s Psychic Reporter”

  • Apr
    29
    2010

    You’re reading too much into this, Jeff.

    The obvious reason why Crump would say, “You have been very honest and very upfront through this process, as you can be.” is that he’s kissing Turner’s ass, whether he means to or not. As is the case with many parents, too many reporters have fallen into the habit of trying to be friends with the person they’re dealing with. It’s OK to be friendly, but a good reporter should maintain a professional distance from the subject they’re covering.

  • Apr
    29
    2010

    Considering Steve already allowed Turner to have not one, but two attorneys speak for him during the interview, I really do not think he needed to make any attempt at friendly overtures in framing his questions, especially a softball like “has this been painful?”

  • Apr
    29
    2010

    These types of questions preceded by statements from reporters occur in way too many interviews. You’d see them in almost ever interview if you watched the raw tape. It puzzles me why they left that statement in the story. Then again, I suppose objectiveness isn’t too important if every reporter tells viewers at the end of their stories that they are on our side.

    Journalism is pretty much dead. May have to start a blog.

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    29
    2010

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