Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Christmas present to Lake Worth from Channel 5

[UPDATE! Ari Hait at Channel 25 (WPBF) got it wrong too. And read how Channel 12's correction is also incorrect at the end of this post!]

Yesterday there was a fire in Lake Worth. A house was destroyed on the 8000 block of Marshwood Lane. The good news is no one was injured. If you are familiar with Lake Worth, you might say to yourself, "Hmmm, I didn't know the City of Lake Worth had a Marshwood Lane." There is no Marshwood Lane in Lake Worth. The unfortunate fire occurred at a house with a Lake Worth mailing address west of the Turnpike, also called "suburban Lake Worth".

Last night the Channel 5 (WPTV) story about the fire by Tamara Phillips initially got it wrong. She reported that the fire occurred in Lake Worth. But guess what! This morning the story was changed and Channel 5 edited their story. Tamara Phillips changed the location in the story to "suburban Lake Worth"! Thank you Tamara Phillips and Merry Christmas to you and your colleagues there at Channel 5.

Then there is Channel 12 (WPEC).

Not only did Israel Balderas get the location wrong (and it is still incorrect as of 10:00 a.m. today) he has "Lake Park" labelled below his live screen shot. The problems at Channel 12 have reached crisis levels. And don't forget, it was Israel Balderas who recently reported on a "Holy War" in Lake Worth in the days leading up to Christmas. Usually during holiday periods, the second and third string staff members are at the controls at the TV stations, so such gaffs are partially excusable.
Ari Hait at WPBF also got the location of the fire scene wrong. Like Channel 12 he is unaware of the municipal boundaries of the City of Lake Worth. (Recently Ari Hait misreported John Prince Park as being in Lake Worth. It is not.) Mr. Hait is not new to the news business; according to his bio he is a 20-year veteran in the news business. Location, of course, is an integral part of a news story. 

Channel 12 has corrected their news story. Unfortunately, the correction is incorrect. They changed the location of the fire scene from Lake Worth to Lake Park. 

For our friends at Channel 12 and Channel 25 the fire scene location is thus: Suburban Lake Worth. Here is a link where you can learn about the difference between the City of Lake Worth and suburban Lake Worth.