Friday, July 17, 2009

Not immediately available for comment.

Not immediately available for comment.

I have always had a problem with this line in a news story. I wish they were more specific about the efforts they went through to get the comment cause there is a lot of wiggle room in not immediately available.

I think journalist should have to explicitly state what they did.

I called his house and he did not pick up on the first ring so I immediately ran the one sided story.

I left him a voice mail, went to pee and saw that I had no returned calls so I immediately ran the one sided story.

I left five messages over the course of two hours...

I knocked three times on his door every hour for three days etc...

I would like to know specifically what you did to give the person a chance to respond to allegations before you printed their name.


Jenn'fer said...

On the flip side, I know certain corporate people that would not pick up the phone when the journalist calls, knowing that they had nothing to say. From a corporate perspective "not immediately available for comment" is better than "was not able to comment"... yes, splitting stupid hairs. It's one of the dumbest cat and mouse games ever. I agree - journalists should be transparent and business should too...
I can't wait until the day when ABC, inc. comments with a truthful answer like "Well, in all honesty, we thought the sr leadership team knew what was happening in the market, but they didn't, so we are posting huge losses. Huh, go figure!" Pigs will be flying through a snowstorm in hell on that day!

Rocketstar said...

They didn't do anything, they read what they are writing. Ok not all 'journalists' these days just merely regurgitate what they read from another journalist but I think it happens way to much now.

Bill From Gainesville said...

I would comment but am not immediately available to do so...

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