May 13, 2004
May 13, 2004 - It could have been a typical fear-mongering ratings grabber of a story about death raining down from the skies in "small airplanes," but AOPA was able to interject some reason and perspective into an Orlando TV station's GA airport security story.
(Pilots can "vote" on airport security on the station's Web site today.)
To its credit, WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando, contacted AOPA early as they researched the story and interviewed association President Phil Boyer during the recent Sun 'n Fun Fly-In. "As we expected, the story was generally negative about GA airport security and included some pretty egregious errors," said AOPA Executive Vice President of Communications Jeff Myers.
"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."
You can tell the station your opinion of the story in the " Talk to 2" section of its Web site.
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