By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
“Dear Sutherland Springs, you deserve an apology from the news media” is the headline atop McGaughy’s viral column.
I want to highlight McGaughy’s powerful words as we dive into GetReligion weekend think-piece territory a little early.
But first, a bit of personal background: My first experience with the national news media descending on a community struck by tragedy came more than two decades ago when the unfathomable happened in Oklahoma City.
On the morning of April 19, 1995, I had just stepped off The Oklahoman’s eighth-floor newsroom elevator when we heard a giant boom and saw billowing black smoke in the distance. I was one of the reporters dispatched to the scene.
In all, 168 people died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building — the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil until 9/11 six years later.
When I arrived downtown, I parked with no problem. Hours later, I found my car surrounded by news vans and television satellite trucks. This was the biggest news story in the world — and would be for weeks.
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All of my GetReligion columns (November 2017):
• Why are three Texas churches suing Uncle Sam over FEMA funding? Glad you asked. Published Nov. 9.