Channel 3’s lazy reporting
When cobbling stories together for the nightly news, KIEM Channel 3 pulls clips from the archives rather than haul out the cameras for updated interviews.
That’s what happened during a November 9th report about the passage of Measure N, which purports to change the zoning of a blighted Eureka property from public use to commercial to make way for the big-box-anchored “Marina Center.”
When it comes to stories about the Balloon Track, KIEM appears eager to interview property owner Security National and air its talking points — no matter how false — without criticism or comment.
For example, SN gladiator Randy Gans says progress of the Marina Center is “out of our control” despite widespread acknowledgment by city and state officials that SN stonewalled the Coastal Commission on necessary hearings for project permits. Measure N was part of the charade, but you won’t hear it from KIEM.
To get “both sides” of the story for the Nov. 9th report, KIEM pulled a clip of Humboldt Baykeeper Executive Director Pete Nichols from a September 23rd interview and aired it along side a new interview with Gans. KIEM failed to note the age difference between clips.
In both reports, Nichols says the big box project is not the “highest and best use” of the property. The sentiment holds true, but a response to Gans’ misinformation and a comment about what Measure N means for the project — and what it doesn’t — would have better rounded out the story.