Sunday, August 12, 2007

A friend's perspective of my news yesterday.

From my best friend's email:

I just got caught up on your website and I’m going to give you my opinion on something. I really seriously think you need to take off the graphic description of the guy dying in front of you. If you want to mention it, you need to edit it down to something that takes out the graphic descriptions and particularly the part about eating out afterwards. I’m definitely sorry you had to witness that scene but its seriously sickening to even hear about it and I’m recommending either taking it out entirely or editing it down to something like this:

“I’m a little shaken up after witnessing a horrifying accident on the road the other day. A man riding a moped without a helmet crashed and sustained massive head injuries. I got out of my car to try to help him after calling 911, but his injuries were too serious and he died in front of me while we were waiting for the ambulance. [ I ] then helped direct traffic around the accident while the paramedics and firemen assisted at the scene.”

What you did in an effort to try to help this man was truly admirable and heroic, and the current way you have it on your website does not convey that. The graphic description of the aftermath and the comment about eating Mexican food afterwards makes it seem as though you are almost making a joke about it and takes away from the care and concern that you clearly showed in stopping at all.

I edited the description down and posted the account my friend gave. I apologize to readers for the graphic nature of my last post and I in no way meant for the food description to be mocking the man's death. It was [in my own way] a way to get over it by writing it down.


Anonymous said...

I didn't feel that you were trivialising the accident you witnessed. I think your "best friend" is being overly sensitive.

"I then helped direct traffic around the accident while the paramedics and firemen assisted at the scene."

As for suggesting your rewritten account was he there or had you relayed your actions at the scene?

The flip side to your story is a sobering one - riding a motor bike of any description without a helmet or other protective equipment is like playing Russian roulette with a gun. Public safety films don't pull punches to get their message across.

If your friend has his way perhaps he would prefer to just have images of green fields and spring lambs.....

Anonymous said...

Actually, come to think of it maybe you should remove your FYT 'logo' - is that in poor taste too?.......

FYT said...

Roget ...

That actually made me laugh .... and I get the point.

However, I believe he was right in this instance ... I'm not trying to be politically correct ... I would just rather not be hypocritical.