Morning Poll -- Who's a Worse TV News "Investigative Reporter": Josh Bernstein or Wendy Halloran?
TV news is often good for one thing: a laugh.
Tacky catch phrases, lame dialogue, and guys who look like real-life Ron Burgundys (yeah, Mark Curtis, we mean you) tend to define local TV news.
For the most part, TV news is harmless. However, sometimes it's not -- as was the case on Monday night when 12 News' "investigative reporter" Wendy Halloran blabbed on live TV that New Times paid world-renowned forensic experts to analyze photos of Deputy Louie Puroll's wound.
As we pointed out yesterday, we didn't.
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To suggest that we did questions the credibility of the story.
Given the magnitude of the Louie Puroll story, it was a pretty big deal.
Halloran corrected her false claim later in the broadcast (only after we called to correct her), but as the saying goes, you can't un-ring a bell.
It seems Halloran just ran with an assumption -- a big no-no in journalism, especially "investigative" journalism.
This brings us to ABC 15's Josh Bernstein.
Bernstein's the guy who swallowed Sheriff Joe Arpaio's I'm running governor Kool-Aid earlier this year and got the whole state -- and much of the country -- to buy into Arpaio's cry for attention.
Bernstein was chewed out by his boss for not going after Arpaio hard enough, and as we learned a few weeks ago, he's decided to "close the ABC15 chapter of his life as an investigative reporter."
We want to know what you think -- who's a worse TV "investigative reporter": Josh Bernstein or Wendy Halloran?
Vote -- and see the results of yesterday's poll -- below.
Yesterday's poll question: Should the Arizona Cardinals give Max Hall a shot?
- 88.64 percent say yes.
- 5.13 percent say no.
- 6.23 percent say they should try to convince Kurt Warner that it's "God's plan" for him to play another season.
Here is your morning poll:
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