Thoughts on the GRTC Bus Crash

Rachel DePompaRachel DePompa – bio | email

The accident was terrible and tragic. A woman is killed by a GRTC bus while crossing the street. And late, last week the situation was compounded by an inappropriate picture in the Richmond Free Press. For those of you that don’t know, it was an up-close picture of the victim. She was dead on the street and under the bus. This is the kind of thing that gives all journalists a bad name.  SHAME ON YOU FREE PRESS!  I will not post the picture and I will not post a link to the Free Press, because the paper does not deserve any more attention. That picture was not necessary, it was inflammatory and hurtful to the family. There was no reason for people to see it. And the Editor and Chief is a coward in my book for not returning a single call to face the music to the obvious public outrage.  SHAME ON YOU FREE PRESS!



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4 responses to “Thoughts on the GRTC Bus Crash

  1. B. L. Westbrook

    10/05/2009 @ 11:24p.m.

    Dear Ms. DePompa,

    I couldn’t agree more with the stance you’re taking with the Free Press’s indiscretion (for the lack of a clean discription to state MY feeling on the subject). Three cheers for your integrity!!!


  2. “Editor and Chief is a coward in my book for not returning a single call to face the music to the obvious public outrage. ” – well said.

  3. Such a picture being published, coming on the heals of such a horrendus tragedy makes me think that the Richmond Free Press has no respect for the victim at all. Now knowing that they will not face the public whom they surve, by responding to questions just shakes my faith in their dedication to journalism. The people have a right to know, and we want to know what the editor was thinking. For some reason, and this is my own opinion, I doubt that thinking is involved in Free Press’s journalism techniques.

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