Media filter – how news outlets can report events completely differently

by John Steinberger | March 29, 2017 7:27 pm

There is a wide variation on how local news outlets cover stories.  The Tues. Charleston City Council meeting at the James Island Recreation Center provides a great example of that.  A capacity crowd was filled with people from the group Save James Island, who are opposed to the large apartment complexes which are clogging James Island roads.

The most accurate coverage, in my opinion, came from Count On 2 (WCBD) reporter Travis Rice.  He included quotes from Charleston County Councilman Joe Qualey and Charleston City Councilwoman Kathleen Wilson expressing the frustration of James Island residents over the high-density development being allowed.  Qualey said, “It has gotten out of control.  Pretty soon, it’s going to be concrete and cars.”  Wilson stated, “We have apartment complexes springing up like weeds.  The city has got to hear what (James) Islanders are saying and come up with solutions.”  You can read the coverage here:  http://counton2.com/2017/03/28/james-island-group-wants-to-block-new-apartments/[1]

ABC News 4 (WCIV) did a stand-alone interview with Qualey without capturing the mood of  Save James Island, which opposes high-density development.  Qualey told reporter Alex Heaton, “Our quality of life is being squeezed.”  He added, “City staff is out of touch.  They have not shown the willingness to work with the County, the Town of James Island, and Folly Beach.”  Live 5 News initially only reported on new regulations for carriage horses downtown.  On Wed., reporter Liza Lucas did interviews with Save James Island members.  Post and Courier reporter Abigail Darlington didn’t mention the group Save James Island or cite Councilwoman Wilson’s opposition to high-density development.

Lowcountry Source has been the only local news outlet to expose the New Urbanism agenda being pushed by local urban planners.  It calls for high-density development and more emphasis on mass transit.  We have also exposed the concept of “retrofitting suburbia”, which expresses that the suburban lifestyle of single-family homes and a preference for driving cars and trucks creates a large “carbon footprint” and contributes to climate change.  The high-density development being approved by our local governments has led to traffic congestion and a threat to maintaining a suburban lifestyle in West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island, and Mt. Pleasant.

Endnotes:
  1.  http://counton2.com/2017/03/28/james-island-group-wants-to-block-new-apartments/: http://counton2.com/2017/03/28/james-island-group-wants-to-block-new-apartments/

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