Media took to collecting personal experiences, as Hurricane Harvey struck Texas days ago.
Although some of the media outlets had their best intentions of sharing the horrors on site with the rest of America, raising awareness in the meanwhile, others were there to barely trash Republicans- well, mainly President mainly Trump.
However, the main media focus remained on devastating stories about people losing their homes, suffering tremendously as a result of the floods and seeking immediate protection.
When a CNN reporter in Rockport, Texas had an interview with a man called Joe Kirchens, things became more interesting:
“I didn’t care to be on TV, but I just want to tell all y’all reporters and the people here, when you’re here, act like this is y’all’s home,” Kirchens stated. “You know, have the respect to report like this is y’all’s … this place is gone so we need help.”
This is a lesson to be learned for every media out there. Transparency and dignity are some of the most important values a media outlet needs to preserve, and when everything gets a little too political, things lose any sense. These are actual people’s lives we’re talking about here, so let’s show some respect and ask what we can do to help.
Kirchens noted he was unable to evacuate on time and shared how things were evolving for the past few days.
“It’s a disaster zone. My house is still there,” he explained. “There’s stuff destroyed everywhere. My building is OK.”
“All I have to say is y’all guys treat this like this is y’all’s place cause I’ve seen the reporting in some of these places and some of the guys have the respect … just treat it like it’s y’all’s place,” he added.
The point of being a reporter in Texas at the moment is to capture a real feel of the current situation there while leaving out any bias feelings behind.