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Oregon Media - Hard On Couple Over Sex Role PlayingTim King Salem-News.cmo
And other sundry tales of TV news sexploits...
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Oregon's big national case this week involves a young couple arrested for sexual role playing. The only mistake they made was not keeping it behind their own locked doors.
Was it ever a story though in a real context? I think not. It reminds me of the time my Las Vegas news director told me he heard over the scanner that a naked prostitute had been tossed out of a car going 60 mph.
"Sixty miles an hour!" He yelled, with a crazed look in his eyes.
"what are you still doing here!"
Maybe it is a story, it is interesting, the naked prostitute that is, but restraint should have been used in this Oregon case. The deputies who made this arrest in Clackamas County knew they were doubling as parade organizers, opening wide a public window into this young couple's life. I seriously doubt it was worth it.
Case in Point
In this Valentine's Day top story, the young woman was tied up in the back seat and her clothes were off. A passer-by saw her there and inquired with the two as to what was going on.
Apparently unsatisfied with the answer he received, since the young woman was gagged and unable to speak, the person called 911, and that was the right thing to do if there was a doubt.
However once police made their contact, it should have ended, but oh no, that isn't how business is conducted in this state. In far too many agencies, police and deputies are conditioned to want to arrest, that is their exercise in power and control. Nine police units responded to the misreported abduction.
And then the media, not that I haven't been one of these vultures in my life, but they were photographing the inside of the car like it was a crime scene! The woman's bra for God's sake, that was the b-roll, it was such a cheap shot.
That is a classic example of what drove me out of the TV newsroom in the first place. The people who staff these places are often well educated, they attend good colleges and universities, but until and unless they really dig their heels into the dirt and gain real life experience, they know all too little. Oh, they might have a sense for what will boost the ratings, but that often has little to do with what they should be doing.
Then there is my inescapable memory while reporting from the war in Afghanistan, of a Portland station dropping my report on Afghan Army women firing the AK-47 for the first time, for a story about Brittney Spears flashing her underwear while exiting a limo, during her child custody hearing.
Smut News Central, Nevada
And yet for what it is worth, Portland's worst smut news package pales next to what I saw in Las Vegas, like a rape reenactment...? Uh huh, only in Las Vegas. That garbage between an executive producer named Dan Burns and some underling producer, whose name I don't recall, was actually used in our TV news, on my story!
I had to take video from two people who also worked at KVBC, the NBC affiliate in Sin City, and insert a rape scene with Burns on top of this woman... shot in the news director's office. This is the reason I had my shouting match with first Burns, and then Mike George, the drunken news director that insisted I add the rape scene, if I "wanted to have a job tomorrow". What an idiot, what a crackpot. His famous line to me was, "Tim, news is half information and half entertainment". Really? I had no idea and still, all these years later, reject the notion like a stale sandwich.
Husband Sex Offender
A friend of mine is a sex offender in this state because police 'caught' he and his wife having sex in a park at night, in their car.
Similar to this current case, what they were doing barely crosses the line of illegal, they could have been sent home, but the prudish nature of Oregon says "I think not" and as I said, my friend ultimately had to register as a sex offender, not his wife, but only my friend.
Stupid stupid stupid.
Rights... privacy... this couple apparently forfeited theirs by crossing the line with a role playing act. I want to state that this article is being carried only because the matter needs clarity, and because frankly, it is awesome that people so carried away are married to each other.
They were arrested, both, and now it is reported that the charges against this Valentine's Day role-playing couple have been reduced, to disorderly conduct charges.
This takes them out of the felony (stupid!) category, the 'crimes' related in this love affair has been reduced to misdemeanor violations.
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