A Visit to Crichton
April 13, 2009 by admncc
Apparently this story and video came out three years ago, but for some reason, I never saw it until this past weekend. Whether you’ve seen it before or this is the first time you’re hearing about it, I’m curious what you think.
The sad part is that this is a true news story. An NBC affiliate actually covered it, and as you’ll see, they dedicated two minutes and three seconds of their newscast to it.
It is called a “Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama.” The residents of Crichton believed that a real leprechaun was residing in their neighborhood. You can view the brief video here.
I’d like to go on record as saying that I am not making fun of the residents of Crichton who appeared in the video. The issue I have is with the local news station that produced the story. The fact that they covered this story, spent time producing it, interviewed people and pretty much caused the town’s residents to embarrass themselves on camera is the problem I have.
In the past, I’ve mentioned that I sometimes question the content that some television news outlets broadcast, but I think this story takes the cake.
The two news anchors who reported this and whoever produced it are morons and should be fired, if they weren’t already. Did they truly believe this was a story of the public’s interest? I honestly thought it was a joke video with actors the first time I saw it. I sat there and wondered, “Who would spend time reporting this and developing it into a story for the 11 o’clock news?”
Yes, it may be funny in theory, and this may be the epitome of ridiculous news stories, but I now realize why I don’t watch the news on TV. Because if it isn’t the doom and gloom, it’s this kind of story, where I sit there and want to ask if I can have the last few minutes of my life back…