Texas TV reporter ends story by thanking school’s PR team for feeding her information


KVIA-TV (El Paso, TX) reporter Pilar Arias closed her Thursday 10 p.m. report this way:

“I would like to thank the El Paso ISD [Independent School District] public information team for giving me this information tonight to give it to you first before you hear it anywhere else.”

The El Paso Times, which had the schools story before Arias’s report, asks:

“Since when does a journalist thank a ‘PR team’ for doing what they’re supposed to do, which is provide the media with information?”

I noticed that Arias’s online script doesn’t include her shout-out to the PR team.

* KVIA incorrectly hypes exclusive, thanks PR staff for giving them the story (elpasotimes.com)
* Watch Arias’s report, with her thanks at about the 1:50 mark (kvia.com)

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