Sunday, December 5, 2010

Going Viral

Since I don't live anywhere near Madison County, Indiana, I figure there's not much point in my calling any county officials about the plight of 72 year-old Dick Thompson being evicted from his own 38-acre rural property just because he lives in a trailer with no running water or septic system. I'm thinking the only thing I could do that has even a slim chance of helping is to encourage the news people to stay on top of the story. To that end, here's my second e-mail to the TV reporter that did a piece on the story:

Keith Olbermann Should See Your Dick Thompson Piece

Dear Mr. Edwards:

Your Dick Thompson story is going viral!

This is just the sort of thing that Kieth Olbermann loves to pick up as a cause to fight on his show. (Remember the one about the fire department that let a guy's house burn down because he didn't pay a $75 fee?) Such coverage would highlight your good work to millions of viewers nationwide and do a lot of good for one old man. I encourage you to ask your people to contact MSNBC and let them know about your fine reporting.


Alfred Mollitor

1 comment:

Deb said...

There must be some financial motivation for this. I know that probably dozens of people in my rural Minnesota county live like Dick Thompson (my family, for a few years), and the county definitely does not have the money to evict any one of them. I'm interested to hear where this story goes.