By airing this ridiculous story, they harmed their image as a news station. But do they care? Or is it all about drawing viewers in to get ratings and therefore advertising dollars?
KOAT 7, breaking news from July 13, 2017, MAN SEES VIRGIN MARY IN CLOSET DOOR!
It’s official, Doug Fernandez, Shelly Ribando and the news editors at KOAT either believe everyone in Albuquerque is stupid or they’re trying to keep someone out of hell.
In this story, we have an elderly man telling KOAT that when he was sick in bed he saw the Virgin Mary on his closet door. KOAT then shows the closet door (looks like a door to me) and in case you couldn’t find the Virgin Mary, they transpose a color picture of the Virgin Mary onto the door.
Dramatic music plays and I am filled with wonderful memories of my childhood, being stuck at church.
Yes, I was a good Catholic kid. Well, usually.
What’s going on at KOAT? Was it a slow news day? What other news happened that day that wasn’t as important as a sick, elderly man, seeing things on his closet door?
In other news that day we had a domestic violence incident where the offender shot and injured an Albuquerque police officer. The Senate released an updated version of their Obamacare repeal (if passed this would have everyone seeing Mary on their closet doors because they sure as hell won’t be seeing a doctor).
There was also a murder in southeast Albuquerque. I wonder if the deceased saw the Virgin Mary or if that’s only for closet doors.
I suppose the hallucinations of a sick, elderly man are more newsworthy than any of those stories. I mean this is the Virgin Mary!
What KOAT did was sick. They exploited a vulnerable person to get viewers. Didn’t someone in the newsroom recognize that this was ethically and morally wrong?
And what about their responsibility to produce news? By airing this ridiculous story they harmed their image as a news station. But do they care? Or is it all about drawing viewers in to get ratings and therefore advertising dollars? I think news stations are all about money, not about news.
But maybe something else is going on, something more sinister, a plan put in place by the Opus Dei (reference to the Da Vince Code for your non-Catholics).
On July 5, Fernandez was caught on a newscast tossing papers into the air and saying “fudgesicle” out of frustration.
Could the Virgin Mary story be penitence for Fernandez using such profanity on the air?
Imagine Fernandez in the confessional and the priest telling him, “Doug you messed up. Jesus is pretty pissed about that F-bomb you dropped. I mean Jesus loves the little children and he knows little Burque babies heard you and your potty mouth. Look, I talked to him for you and he knows you’re a good guy, just stressed. It happens. But unless you want some burn time in purgatory the big guy is going to want something big from you in return.”
Fernandez: “Sure, Father, anything for Jesus, just name it.”
Priest: “He wants you to put his mom on TV. He wants his mom with color face time for all your viewers to see.”
Fernandez: “Father, I know everyone thinks I’m in charge but it’s really Ribando. She runs the place like Patton ran the army. But I think I can convince her to give the VM (Virgin Mary) facetime on 10 o’clock.”
And that might be how the Virgin Mary on a closet door is now on my TV screen.
I’m sure going to miss his company when I get there.