A great reporter will go to any lengths to get their scoop.
Sometimes that means working late nights. Sometimes that means braving dangerous situations.
Sometimes that means talking to dead people.
Journalist Yashar Ali posted a news blooper to Twitter, knowing all who watched would appreciate the absurd moment.
It quickly went viral with over 90k favorites!
When I say I nearly passed out from laughing… pic.twitter.com/TJgpLocqrL
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 16, 2019
The reporter tells the audience:
“We tried to reach out to the man who died in this pursuit, they were unavailable for comment.”
Yashar was right to think Twitter would love the clip.
The only way it could get any better?
If she had successfully made contact.
She was thisclose to the biggest get in journalism history
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 17, 2019
Oh bless her heart. 😂
— Witch, Hunting🦸🏻♀️ (@JustAGirl515) September 16, 2019
Sadly, people will have to imagine what the victim would say if they were still alive.
If you died laughing she might interview you. 🤔
— Debra (@DebraDee57) September 16, 2019
— Liam Martin (@LiamWBZ) September 16, 2019
Though we laugh, there’s nothing more professional than seeking both sides of a story.
when you're the reporter who goes the extra mile to get a comment, even if you don't expect to get a response pic.twitter.com/3WtKuvahRG
— Jason Wells (@JasonBretWells) September 16, 2019
At least they followed proper journalism protocol
— Will LeGate 🌊 (@williamlegate) September 17, 2019
Before you go laughing too much, it’s worth noting that the reporter who made the mistake, Sara Welch, has been nominated for an Emmy for her good work at KLTA.
WELL…. that would certainly have been a scoop. I wish the clip was longer to see the anchor desk's reaction.
— The Mad Hatter of Austin (@cjkeller) September 17, 2019
She probably meant to say "the deceased man's family".
— Laurie ❄🌻🐾 (@DoneWith45) September 17, 2019
If one wants to speak with the dead, they’ll need a new set of tools.
Now that's some unconventional reporting…… pic.twitter.com/NDLpdNI4Q7
— Tina -#CloseTheCamps (@trcfwtt) September 17, 2019
I guess they misplaced the ouija board
We keep going backwards
— MiamiNice57💎 (@MiamiNice57) September 16, 2019
It’s ultimately a good thing the passed soul was unavailable.
It would've been weirder if he actually gave a comment.
— #SpreadTruth – Facts matter (@babiecee) September 16, 2019
Standing on the grave shouting… Not the best way of interviewing someone. 😁
— Matus Blasko (@Matus_Blasko) September 17, 2019
There’s only one interview most people can think of where a dead person managed to give answers.
Congratulations to Sara Welch on her professionalism—may she never stop looking for that next big scoop.
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