Another amusing faux pas

Fri Feb 15 16:39:12 EST 2013

What does it mean to "offset" a news story? Deny it? Spin it in the 
advertiser's favor? Every time I've heard the Carnival story in the last ~48 
hours, I've heard an actuality or at least a quote from Carnival's CEO's 
apology to his victims--I mean customers. Regardless, everything I've heard 
about Carnival suggests that it richly deserves to go bankrupt and be placed 
under new management. Why did it take a ton of bad publicity before any 
attempt was made to ameliorate the horrible conditions? It should have been 
possible to get a medium-sized boat loaded with port-a-potties out to the 
stranded cruise ship. Cruise ships must have hoists capable of lifting 
objects that weigh a few hundred pounds from the deck of a smaller boat up 
to the deck of the larger vessel.

Dan Strassberg (
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Vahey" <>
To: "Maureen Carney" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 3:28 PM
Subject: Re: Another amusing faux pas

> Friend at WLS-TV Chicago said same thing happened last night and Carnival
> actually requested the time to offset the news story.
> On Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM, Maureen Carney <> 
> wrote:
>> I always made myself available for calls from master control after hours
>> when I worked in traffic. Often I would call master control if I knew a
>> problem was coming (such as a live program running long and spots needing
>> to be cut). Others may handle it differently. Many stations finalize logs
>> up to a week in advance, which I never liked. Too many changes could
>> happen. I preferred 2 days out.

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