Reader: Showing video of baby being slapped, shaken was piss-poor journalism

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On Friday, we shared a video obtained by 9News showing Greeley couple Reba Doyle and Scott Liles slapping and shaking a baby under the theory that the clip underscored a serious issue that deserves as much attention as it can get. However, many readers were offended at our decision. Here's a sampling of the reactions.

Michelle Autry writes:

WTF! Don't show me this shit or I'll unlike your page! I know this crap happens! I don't need to witness it after the fact! Arrest the Fuckers! End of story!
Cory Taco Byrd writes:
Why would you post this. This is just as bad as murder porn (cop drama tv shows).
Alesia Lamar Bickford writes:
I guarantee...if I witnessed this first hand....the parents wouldn't have to worry about going to court! I would do the same to them....and much more! We need a spay and neuter program for people like this!
Nikki Zwijacz writes:
Yea like the movie 8mm, please don't post this crap to make a point piss poor journalism!

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Steven Hulse
Steven Hulse

A good reporter has the ability to deliver a factual story that still stirs emotion and causes the viewer/reader to think about the subject matter without having to resort to shock and awe to get the viewer/reader to act upon it. But then again, the majority of the public just want to be spoon fed and not have to worry about thinking for themselves.

Steven Hulse
Steven Hulse

No, but showing the video to add drama and shock to get viewers/readers to tune in is. Think about it, Jerry Springer, would anyone would have watched his show if he didn't take the route he did? In the mid to late 90's, all the networks were showing video of things that they normally wouldn't just to try and out-do each other to gain more viewers. Ultimately advertising companies started flocking to the stations and media sources that had the highest amount of viewer or readers. Those media sources ate it up as they were now making lots of money so they kept running with the shock and awe type reporting which by the way the majority of stories were editorials, not objective, non-biased reporting based on facts.

Celeste Melville
Celeste Melville

The TV news is judicious about how much of the gory details they show. It adds nothing to the story except to sensationalize it. I don't need to see the actual crime footage to know that a crime has been committed. For me, the report of the crime is all I need...I don't need the actual visuals to have a visual picture in my mind since I know very well what shaking a baby looks like. Do we need to see it? No. Some people want to see that. I don't. Like I said it is a choice that I made not to view it. And those who say that it isn't sensationalism are just plain wrong. It is the epitome of sensationalism. Some people like it. Some would rather not...Westword knows it's audience.

Nate Mender
Nate Mender

Westword should offer two pages; one for only good news, and one for bad. I know bad shit happens, but I don't need to hear about it on fb. Ignorance is bliss.

James Gold
James Gold

Reporting on child abuse is an indicator of low integrity?

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle

How is this any different than showing a robbery or shooting caught on camera? A crime happened, there was footage of it, they showed it on the news. As they have for decades. This isn't even the first child abuse video-a few years ago there was a story about a woman that caught the nanny abusing her child through a camera hidden in a teddy bear.

Becca Doyle
Becca Doyle

And those people were arrested and the child is safe. Jeez, wait till somebody shows you what they do to unadopted animals every day. Hello, everybody. The world isn't giggles and rainbows.

James Gold
James Gold

The good news is, you don't have to watch the video. And btw... just because an article of news involves hideous violence doesn't mean it is automatically sensationalism. A story is presented, with as much factual information as is at hand-- and in this day and age, that will often include videos. Don't watch the video. In fact, you might not even want to pay attention to ANY news, because violence is everywhere.

Jennifer Henry
Jennifer Henry

It's ridiculous people can't handle reality. News brings awareness. If you don't agree, unlike the page. Ignorance is bliss right? There's plenty more people who will like the page in your absence.

Alesia Lamar Bickford
Alesia Lamar Bickford

I think it was awful to see...but good to know what these Pieces of sh*t look like. Would love to run into them....at a high rate of speed!!

James Gold
James Gold

Furthermore-- unlike the fucking page, people, if you can't handle reality. Or move into a cave somewhere.

James Gold
James Gold

Yes. Only report and show videos of happy fun time news because I want a completely inaccurate and filtered portrait of the world around me. For these people, might I recommend The Onion, or maybe just Saturday morning cartoons?

Jessica Noonan
Jessica Noonan

Don't kill the messenger! The point is these idiots need to give that baby up and buy a punching bag stupid.

Ellen Zuckerman
Ellen Zuckerman

Sorry, I don't need to watch a video of someone shaking a baby in order to know it's wrong. I think all parents need to take parenting classes when they are about to have a child and the "don't shake a baby" campaign should be a part of that. Information and alternatives should be offered (like put the baby in the crib and walk away for two minutes to calm down), not sensationalism.

Steven Hulse
Steven Hulse

It's all about the ratings. Journalism has no integrity anymore, all they care about is the ratings and how many viewers/readers they can get. One of the biggest reasons I left the field. Advertising also plays a big part as well. business don't want to advertise on a station or in a paper that doesn't have many viewers or readers, the larger an audience an outlet has, the more likely advertisers are to purchase air time or space with that media source. Basically this is a two headed dragon.

Glenn Keil
Glenn Keil

Wow! Open up your eyes people. You choose to do nothing about issues like this because you want to stay sheltered. These types of videos NEED to be shown MORE so you ostriches can see EXACTLY what is going on in your world. THIS AIN'T LEAVE IT TO BEAVER PEOPLE!

Celeste Melville
Celeste Melville

Oh, and if those are the stories that I will see more of in my FB newsfeed, I'd eventually be inclined to unlike your FB page. Again, that would be my choice.

Celeste Melville
Celeste Melville

I chose not to watch it. It is sensationalist journalism. If that is the type of journalism you practice you certainly have an audience for it. It's not something I would choose to watch. End of story.

Cory Taco Byrd
Cory Taco Byrd

i'm just glad that facebook doesn't autoplay videos the way instagram does =^.^= . i'm all for news, but pix and vids of this doesn't belong

Choe Konit
Choe Konit

Sign me up if we get free shots at the father....

Choe Konit
Choe Konit

I don't have the stomach to watch it. Would be easy to say "There's something wrong with you if you can" but doesn't make it fair or accurate. It's just bad...there's nothing good about it. It's all bad....poor fucking kid...

Charlene McCune
Charlene McCune

People can choose to watch it or not.... it's like a channel.. change it if you don't like it...

McShyster
McShyster

LYING about the legality of the illegal hempheads who violated BOTH Federal AND State law is even piss-poorer.

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