FOX 4 News muckraker Becky Oliver spied on Lockheed Martin workers during their lunch breaks and videotaped them drinking beer, then approached them later in the parking lot, at their homes, or at the bank and put a camera in their faces.
This creeps me out. Becky Oliver creeps me out. I wouldn’t want to hang out with her unless she wore a muzzle.
Hiding in bushes with long lenses and videotaping guys drinking beer at lunch doesn’t seem right.
Years ago I was working at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was sent to the General Motors plant in Arlington to write about a looming strike. I couldn’t get inside the plant and so I hung out in the parking lot. At lunchtime I noticed workers coming out to their cars. I approached several cars, and each was filled with men drinking beer from small ice chests.
Most agreed to interviews on the work issues, although they were concerned about being seen drinking beer. I didn’t feel compelled to include that fact in the story. Adults drinking beer at lunch isn’t illegal. And if it’s a problem, it’s between that person and his employer, not me.
If somebody tipped me off, like they did Oliver, about guys drinking beer during lunch at Lockheed, I wouldn’t feel compelled to go hide in the bushes and spy on them. I’d feel dirty. Maybe I’m a different kind of reporter than Oliver. I hope so.