If not a celebrity or any kind of public figure that makes a livin' on puttin' your azzzz out there, you used to be exempt from this kind of crap, it's always been heavily frowned upon in any media to be monkeyin' around all willy nilly with the lives and livelihoods of everyday folks, especially the average blue collar working stiff, which regardless of being college educated and total professionals yada yada, nurses, they definitely are.
I find it hard, nay, impossible, to believe a radio station of seasoned professionals missed that little gem, and my hope now is that each and every person involved in this bad bidness, has to resort to sellin' cremation insurance for pets door to door for their meager bucket o' tarnished ducats, as they've proved, at least to me, the lot of 'em simply don't deserve anything more than that.
No really: what I would like to see is a genuine apology on the part of the radio station CEO. And I would also like to hear him publicly take responsibility on his shoulders, which is where it belongs. Something like this: "Dear internets: Please stop blaming the DJs. Though they did make the initial call, they actually had no say in whether that call was broadcast. That was my job. While the nurse's death was not predictable, it is true that the other grand poobahs and I allowed our desire for fame and publicity to not only compromise our human decency but also possibly run afoul of the law, since we did not obtain permission from the nurses or the hospital or the royal family for any of this to be broadcast. Essentially, we figured there would perhaps be a small stink that would blow over and even that we might be fined but that the publicity from the stunt would outweigh that result. Unfortunately, that is not what happened, and I am deeply sorry not only for knowingly taking advantage of service workers who are always there for us when we are injured or ill as well as compromising the privacy of a hospital patient, but also for unknowingly contributing to the death of a hard-working nurse. Everyone involved at our radio station is taking an unpaid leave of absence to think about what we've done and to try to become better human beings."
I know. I know. But a girl can dream. I am big on genuine apologies, and I can smell a fake one from a mile away.
Ally - I am getting very different information than you are:
and the radio station has since suspended deejays Michael Christian and Mel Greig, and canned their show.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...#ixzz2EmFa6nUN
The station said it would donate profits for a fund to help Saldanha’s family.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/worl...#ixzz2EmFyNjEu
The company said that all profits made from the ads until the end of the year would be donated to "an appropriate fund that will directly benefit the family of Jacintha Saldanha."
I also think in one of those articles they discuss the station legal team checked into it before airing it.
Todash - I would really like that as well. I really would. I would also love to see an apology from the 8,000 other news organizations that spread that this happened and made it a worldwide thing when it really could have just been contained to Australia. It was also their call to make it such a big deal.
But I do like the apology a lot. And do I think honest apologies are more important than money.
I will read those links later Shasta, thanks. What you've said isn't what has been stated on the news reports I watched here earlier so I look forward to checking them out.