This JustIN: Just Back from Las Vegas

Blog by Justin Foss


By Justin Foss

The title got you to read this huh?  I hope the cheap trickery doesn't offend you (look in the picture to get the joke).  As my friend Breanne Palmerini at KWWL says, "It's just cheeky fun."

By the way, don't look at the picture too much; it's not a good one.

This weekend I talked to Norma “The Sweet Avenger” Montoya.  She’s the former roommate of Molly Edmondson.  Molly was one of the two girls murdered by Kyle Marin back in 2006.

She wants to do a match of Ultimate Fighting to get some aggression out.  I’m not sure what to think about the idea.  On one hand, it makes a lot of sense.  On the other hand, I wonder if it’s healthy to get rid of stress this way.  I guess only she can make that decision.

This weekend she was set up to fight someone at the Las Vegas conventional hall in Columbus Junction, IA.  There’s my tie-in to Las Vegas.

I’ve had some interesting feedback about this story.  We ran a short version of it at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Immediately after it ran, a guy calls the newsroom and tells me we shouldn’t do any stories about Ultimate Fighting, he says it’s a horrible activity.

I tried to explain to him that we aren’t the ones fighting.  We’re just showing someone who is.

That brings up an interesting topic in journalism.  When I do a story on something, am I endorsing it?  I don’t think I am, however I believe some people think we are.  That dilemma isn’t going to change what stories journalists do, but it is something to be aware of.

Tell me what you think about the idea, leave a comment on the blog, I appreciate it.  Plus the more comments I get the bigger raise I can ask for.  Well, my boss doesn’t know that yet, but I’m planning on breaking it to her soon.  Let’s just hope she doesn’t fire me!

Here’s the latest newsroom dish at KCRG TV9:  Bring us leftovers to help empty your fridge.  I brought in chocolate chip banana bread today to feed everyone.  My wife made it last week and I just couldn’t finish it alone.  So, if you’re looking to get rid of food, bring it down to the station.  Scott Saville and I could pretty much take care of any leftovers.

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