CBS Affiliate Reporter Decided It Was a Good Idea to Post This From Orlando Scene Today (Updated)


BoydCommon sense is not so common.”


Exhibit A today is one reporter’s decision to Tweet a selfie — a smiling one, mind you — from the scene of the deadliest shooting in this country’s history: 50 dead and more than 50 injured.

Almost always from here we’ll see the Tweet deleted, either because management steps in and demands it be taken down or a reporter like Suzanne Boyd applies common sense. But as of 9:00 AM EST this morning, said Tweet is still very much up on Boyd’s feed as she continues to somehow defend it (new rule of thumb in 2016: When in doubt, double-down on stupid). And Boyd’s employer, CBS-12 in Palm Beach, Florida, doesn’t seem to have an issue with a smiling selfie from the scene, either.

Not much more to say here. The bar has been lowered so often courtesy of media members doing and/or saying patently puerile things on social media — a place where no editor or producer acting as a filter exists — that this kind of judgment is on display all too often and will be again… and again.

Common sense is not so common indeed…

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Update – 1:00 PM EST: Ms. Boyd has deleted the selfie Tweet in question:

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