Update 9:09AM: As of very recently, NBC Washington has taken DOWN this post in response. Thank you NBC for this first step. We anxiously await your written response as well. Thanks to everyone for your action.
As a DC area resident and WV native, I am outraged at the recent insulting and downright offensive “news” article from NBC Washington titled “West Virginia Discovers the Internet“. In this not even remotely humorous piece, Chris Needham mocks WV in over-the-top obnoxious terms for putting all of their vital public records online. In fact, WV is actually one of very few states in the country that also provide public access to images of these documents, making WV advanced in this case.
In this short little piece of commentary that NBC Washington has the nerve to pass off under the “news” heading on their website, Needham writes such utterly offensive crap as:
“…they have to poop in their backyard, running through the cold, fearing that the trap door on their red flannel pajamas should pop open early, exposing their nether regions to the bite of the winds…”
It is so ridiculous that a supposedly reputable news network in one of the largest and most important media markets in the country would publish something like this. How is this post still live? How does a “writer” write a post about a successful online project and use the entire post to slam the state as a place full of “tar-paper shacks, which probably don’t even have enough electricity to power a Commodore anyway.”
NBC Washington needs to issue a public apology for such a disgraceful article, reprimand this so-called “writer”, and take this piece down immediately. I know that I will never be linking to or writing about a story from NBC Washington ever again and I encourage all of my fellow writers and bloggers to do the same.