ANN's E-I-C Counters WESH's Hysteria and Errant Reporting (As
Sent To WESH)
It sure is a shame when suggestion takes the place of good
research in regional journalism. The facts, if they had been
properly researched, would show that GA airplanes make very poor
weapons. Their payload is limited, the range likewise and their
targeting capabilities are (at best) poor. As already demonstrated,
far better targeting and payload capabilities exist with the use of
a simple utility (ground) vehicle.
"It followed the all-too-familiar TV ratings period model
— over-the-top on-air promos to get viewers to watch and the
actual story that attempted to be balanced. And thanks to AOPA's
efforts to inform the reporter, the story was more balanced than it
might have been otherwise."
Source: AOPA Executive Vice President of
Communications Jeff Myers, talking about yet another GA-bashing
television news story. Orlando TV station WESH Wednesday aired a
story zeroing in on the theft of two GA aircraft, suggesting that
it's all too easy for someone to walk onto the tarmac, jump in an
unlocked aircraft and take-off.