Originally created 12/03/99

Backs TV's consumer investigations



I would like to offer some insight regarding "Slams TV news investigation" by Al Wells (letter, Nov.19)

As president of the Better Business Bureau Inc., I respond to what I observe in working with both of these stations several times a week.

I believe it is a station's management decision to program a consumer reporter on its news program to assist consumers. This is covered by the First Amendment of our Constitution.

The reporters from both of these stations have been extremely professional in dealing with the Bureau and getting their facts correct before dissemination.

I know first-hand of some information that did not air due to lack of verification prior to going on the air.

The media in our market area do a pretty good job, and I believe we would all prefer to have self-regulation rather than government intervention.

Jere L. Bennett, Augusta