5.08.2007

Uh, Oh

The Messenger is going to catch it for tomorrow's front page. It will have a huge pic of the crushed pickup that was involved in the crash that killed Bridgeport High School student Jesse Kwiatkowski this week. They can get away with that - we see it all the time. The more controversial photo will show his mother, Erika, moments after arriving at the scene. That may be a bit troublesome. I'm a huge free speech and free press guy, so I really don't have a problem with it. Many of you will. Edit: For now, a small pic of the wrecked pickup is here.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

hopefully we will all drive more carefull. we should stay off the phone and concentrate less on the radio. and i bet this poor child would be alive today if he had.

Collectionsite said...

I think the picture of the mother is in VERY BAD taste. Sometimes it isnt about freedom but more about what is right or in this case wrong.

Anonymous said...

I am all for free speech and free press and all that stuff as well.

But what is the purpose of a picture like the one you are describing.

I can see how the WCM might need something like this to get people to take notice. It isn't much different than the adds you get in the Sunday paper with a couple of garden stories thrown in.

Anonymous said...

What does free speech have to do with compassion for the family that this horrible tradjedy has befallen?

Do they have to have it rubbed in their faces, only to relive it over and over through tasteless,thoughtless editorial drival?

Anonymous said...

Was a cell phone involved in this crash?

I sent the blurb about the accident to my grandson who is15 and learning to drive. I can only hope this makes an impression on him.

Anonymous said...

i just got my WCM and i thought it was what was to be expected to be in the paper. When my two kids get home tonight this will be the first thing I show them, and hopefully, they will learn the dangers of driving and how precious life is at every moment - whether at night or going to school in the morning. one family's loss could be another one's gain and save a child.

Anonymous said...

9:34 When you show young people that kind of thing, it only causes a momentary reaction and then they're gone to the mall or where ever.

In the mid 70's in Drivers ED Class they showed us movie after movie of some of the worst car crashes with burned bodies,arms legs and heads smashed and cut off and the effect lasted until the bell rang and it wasn't thought about again as we sped down the HWY.

Anonymous said...

but those were not your friend on those movies you watchd in the 70s - losing a friend, realative or classmate hits a whole lot closer to home. i can promise you my oldest boy will be much more cautious when pulling out on to the highway since he lost his friend monday morning.

it has in our home

Anonymous said...

8:48AM, is the WCM forcing reading? You don't have to read it, neither does the family of the deceased.

In other reports, this is proof that god hates phat rimzz

Anonymous said...

We like speeding trucks in Wise County, though. Don't we? Don't we villify all efforts to slow vehicles down? To heck with line of sight distance, stopping distance in case someone pulls out, etc. No, we get mad because we can't go 70 in a 55.

Anonymous said...

From the WCM it seems like he was great guy! "Kwiatkowski’s truck, which he called his “whip,”, "Some of his favorites included “Blue Streak,” all the “Fast and the Furious” movies. He also liked several television shows such as “Pimp My Ride”, and “Mind of Mencia.”

The true pièce de résistance is: "He didn’t like to read much, but he did enjoy his favorite magazine Truck’n “because it had a lot of cool pictures of trucks.”

Other things he didn't like to read were stop signs.

Anonymous said...

Horrible. Sure makes one stop and think.

Sounds like Wise Regional did a fine job at assessing the injuries on the passenger.....

Anonymous said...

The tie between a mother and child is likely the deepest. For this photo to even be in the paper of Erika and her extreme pain and be on the front page and blown up is very insensitive to me.......and so near to Mother's Day.

Can't the news be reported and photos taken without such sensationalism?

Anonymous said...

the job done at wise regional is the second saddest part of this story.

unbelievable they did not know he had a ruptured spleen and broken ribs. what kid of treatment are you getting when you are a kid in a fatality accident and they don't check all your nuts and bolts? im glad the MESS made mention of that so we can all see the fine job being done at WRHS

pathetic

Anonymous said...

I think from now on I will keep my police scanner blaring and everytime I hear of a bad accident in the Wise County area, I will haul ass to the accident scene,take ALL kinds of close-up photos of the injured and deceased victims AND their families that show up at the scene. If it turns out to be someone of the WCM staff, I will email them to be put on the FRONT PAGE OF THE MESSENGER and if they don't like it, then I can always put the pics all over my blog AND email the pics to all of my Wise county friends and relatives!! Now for Wise County Regional, the passenger, treated and released, not held overnight for observation?? Hmmmmmm?? Must have been an insurance or money issue!!! DECATUR, it's ALL about the MONEY!! (MY FREEDOM of SPEECH!!) JMOHO!!!

Anonymous said...

may the family of the young driver be in eeryones prayers to see the wreckage is horrible and to know that there was a life lost makes it even worse m deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this young man remember look twice before entering a road you might save a life

Anonymous said...

i have a friend that has been goin aound getting proclamations done for motorcycle saftey and awarness and the wcm doesnt mention those so i conclude that they are just using the pictures for shock nd awe value and that is distasteful just like thoe who pickett the funerals of our fallen soliders

Anonymous said...

anon 4:50 - maybe what your little buddy is doing is on the police scanner. have you ever thought about calling the paper and telling them so you can stop crying about your little friend?

anon 4:25 - i agree the decatur hospital screwed up and i hope they are sued for all that is deserved. thank goodness we will have our own hospital soon. on the other hand, i would hate to listen to a scanner all night ever night, so more power to you if you are that dumb. i think they would not mind it, because you would save them some money and i bet their reporters can sleep at night if you are going to do their job. they always cover bad accidents well, and i thought they did this time too. if you dont want to be in the paper, dont crash and stay of your cell phone.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the Mess will win another of those awards that they are so quick to crow about. Most tasteless example of tabloid journalism.

Anonymous said...

Best thing that can happen to the Mess is people stop buying the paper. The only reason they print that garbage is because more people will buy it.

People are complaining - that's good. Stop buying the paper. They'll stop printing that junk.

"I don't care if they are cheering or booing, as long as they are making noise. When they stop making noise, that's when I worry." -Dale Earnhardt

Anonymous said...

the paper has been notified and they dont care to put it in thier since tthe news is more dramitic whn they can have n accidne to report if they cared about the saftey of te citzens they would be more pro activ in educating the general public on saftey issues but instead they would rather put an ad in the paper that brings in money

Anonymous said...

They'll continue to print it and Wise Countians will continue to read it and be 'offended' by the content. Features like this are standard in the Metroplex and it's not considered taboo. We do not live in a bubble. Life happens.

Anonymous said...

i think the mess is in the business to sells ads, so, um, i think an ad will always be in there. perhaps thats what feeds their families.
i got my mess today and the first thing i will do tonight is show my kids the dangers of reckless driving, so, from ann in alvord ... thank you for the coverage of this aweful event. you will save a life from this.