Post by SledMaster on Jan 20, 2012 14:00:27 GMT -6
18Jan12: KING 5 reporter Meg Coyle was reporting on people sledding at the base of Queen Anne Hill (Seattle, Washington) when she was accosted by an angry sledder (snow tuber) on live TV. Apparently the news reporting was ruining a 10 year old tradition. Awesome video piece!
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Last Edit: Jan 20, 2012 14:10:14 GMT -6 by SledMaster
Post by SledMaster on Jan 20, 2012 14:19:35 GMT -6
That woman claims Coyle is personally to blame for Seattle Police ultimately shutting down the sledding. In an interview on 97.3 KIRO FM's Dori Monson Show, Nicole, the vocal tuber, singled out Coyle's reporting about the dangers of sledding and what she claimed was an overemphasis on the illegal activity.
"The crux of her reporting continuously was the dangers of sledding down Queen Anne Hill and that she was appalled that the police kept driving by and couldn't believe the police were doing nothing to ruin this horribly dangerous sledding situation," complained Nicole.
"I didn't realize I was the boss of Seattle Police but evidently I was promoted," Coyle responded sarcastically in a subsequent interview with Dori.
"I don't remember begging Seattle Police to do anything I remember citing the municipal code which prohibits playing in the streets," said Coyle.
"I also remember telling people and showing people during our live shots sledders coming down the hill going way too fast, going right into traffic, including buses and cars and aid vehicles that are still using that main arterial."
The KING 5 crew certainly wasn't alone. As Coyle pointed out, all of the local stations and even the Weather Channel had crews reporting live from the bottom of the hill,
"I was doing live shots next to KOMO and KIRO TV who were going every hour saying 'yeah by the way this is illegal'. All I said was that it's icy and be careful."
The warning is well founded despite the derision. Local hospital emergency rooms have been hopping during the storm treating numerous sledding related injuries from broken bones to concussions.
"I got an email from somebody who was a paramedic when Norm Maleng's daughter died in a sledding accident. It does happen and I can't not report that. I wouldn't be a reporter if I didn't report that," Coyle said.