What do you think of this video clip?
Coming from a journalism background, I recognize the "news value" and "human interest element" of such a story, but coming from a birding background, I feel disquieted. The headlines (written by someone other than the reporter) and the reporter's questions made me cringe.
I visited the WHDH website and sent this message to the reporter:
in future reports about wild birds, please consider mentioning that federal and state laws protect wild birds. Red-tailed Hawks, for instance, are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The segment about the 5-month-old Dachshund perturbed me because of the questions posed to the 11-year-old boy and his description of stepping on the bird's wings and kicking it in the head. More information from the wildlife control officer would have provided balance.
The video segment appears today in the Most Popular section of CNN.com's homepage, so a more informative segment could have discouraged the many viewers from mistreating wild birds.
Please consider these elements for future reports.
Please watch the 90-second clip from WHDH and tell me what you think of the reporter's work.