Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Irresponsible Posing? Absolutely.

 

I mentioned that the reporter(s) had not contacted the person who took the picture to see what that photographer thought of the accusations being made by people who were not even there.[1]

The photographer contacted the news to tell the news that their story was the real example of irresponsible posing. The paramedics were just doing their job.
 

In the snapshot, Glover thought it looked like casual, unprofessional behavior, but the woman who snapped the photo says that the picture doesn’t tell the whole story.[2]

 


 

I am not the only person to realize that this was a huge mistake by the news.

This is the kind of reporting that encourages people to believe that the news media have actually investigated what they are reporting. We have more time devoted to Jenny McCarthy, who knows nothing about vaccines, than to any actual vaccine experts. Vaccines save lives, but Jenny would like to convince you that vaccines are dangerous and diseases are safe.

If you, or someone you know, has ever seen a picture, you should understand that it is not an accurate representation of what it purports to show. A picture does not present context. Without context, we make bad decisions.
 

The woman who contacted FOX 2 on Twitter made it clear: these paramedics were doing their job and doing it well. She said the paramedics did not know she was talking their photo and when they saw her they asked her to move along.[2]

 

We all make bad decisions, but when we make bad decisions, we should apologize to those we harm.

One thing missing from this story is an apology.

Andrea Isom (the reporter) does not apologize. 😳
 


 

A statement about having respect for first responders is not the same as an apology. If Andrea Isom had respect for EMS, she might have presented an accurate story as her way of showing respect.

Jake Glover does not apologize.

Raquelle Peters does not apologize.

Tayler Mihailoff does not apologize.

Andrea Isom expresses disappointment with criticism of the people who made the baseless accusations against the paramedics.
 

I tried to reach out to Jake, to get his take on the photographer’s explanation, but he was not available. A friend says Jake, like me, has been hurt by some of the very cruel and hurtful statements made on social media.[2]

 

If you are going to very publicly make baseless accusations, and you do not apologize, do not expect any sympathy when your misbehavior becomes news.
 

The Social Medic repeatedly tells us that we need to have good public relations. This story is one example of where having good relations with the media might have discouraged them from running with misinformation.

Is your organization prepared for when someone very publicly makes baseless accusations against employees, or against the organization?
 

Also read –

Does Ignorance Lead to Faulty Assumptions?

No Apologies, Because America is a Victim Nation

Responsible Reporting and Credibility

Don’t rely on Dave Statter

UPDATE: TV station pulls report but fails to apologize & explain why it aired bogus story about smiling EMS crew

Footnotes:

[1] Does Ignorance Lead to Faulty Assumptions?
Thu, 22 May 2014
Rogue Medic
Article

[2] Woman who took photo of paramedics says they were doing their job, not posing
Posted: May 21, 2014 11:17 PM EDT
Updated: May 24, 2014 6:12 PM EDT
By myFOXDetroit.com Staff
Article

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Comments

  1. Kind of reminds me of a story around these parts a few years ago. Seems like someone saw a pair of discarded medical gloves beside the roadway and there was a story about irresponsible EMS personnel, the contamination risks, etc. Only problem was all the EMS folks around these parts use the same purple gloves, the fire departments use the same blue gloves, and these gloves were kind of…a different color. Seems it was learned later that it was a tow truck driver who had dropped them, but that never made the news.

    • 9-ECHO-1,

      We are a public relations gimmick.

      If we were here to provide patient care, somebody would do something intelligent.

      ‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

      ‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first — verdict afterwards.’

      ‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. ‘The idea of having the sentence first!’
      ‘Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

      ‘I won’t!’ said Alice.

      ‘Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.

      Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll – Chapter XII – Alice’s Evidence – link to text

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