Thursday, March 13, 2008
Video: El Paso TV Trucks Caught Drag Racing
You could call this stupid and stupider. But is this a firing offense? The two TV stations involved have a split decision on that.
Crews from KDBC-TV (CBS and KVIA (ABC) were covering a news story at a legal El Paso, TX drag strip. After encouragement from the crowd, photographers Charlie Bernal of KDBC and Richie Zamora of KVIA waddled the ungainly trucks down the drag strip. Part-time KVIA anchor Rick Cabrera cheered them on, as did the laughing crowd.
Bernal, who said he's not sorry, but wouldn't do it again, got fired. The other two participants face disciplinary action, but won't lose their jobs, according to management at both stations.
Ironically, KDBC had just won second-place honors for "best station photojournalism" from the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. The awards were announced March 10.