07/29/10 171 W - + 5 - 7 Money and Oversight in Southern Shores

For today's exercise in media studies, let's look at this Firegeezer story about a situation in Southern Shores on the Outer Banks. The small town is protected by a town-contracted, private-run fire department. As 'geezer summarizes, residents are alarmed by a recent 40% increase in taxes, all of which were directed to the fire department. Then the taxpayers really had a cow, when they learned that the "volunteer" fire chief was earning a considerable salary.

The issues were investigated by WTKR-TV in Norfolk, and over three months. This lengthy video report covers quite a bit of territory, and includes footage of a heated town council meeting, and even a confrontation between the reporter and the Fire Chief.  The video story also has 20 user comments, so far.

For discussion as desired, how fair and balanced is the WTKR-TV story? Both to lay readers and those who ride the red trucks?

Read the Firegeezer story.
Watch the WTKR-TV report.
Visit the Southern Shores Fire Department.

Positive perception and transparencey of operations are golden ideals when you are spending the taxpayers money – even if you’re under contract with a governmental entity. I wonder what their contract with the city looked like?
A.C. Rich - 07/29/10 - 10:08

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