Friday, February 12, 2010

You Can't Film in Here

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the videographer crossed a police line, he probably can't film in there. Any other day of the week he can shoot in the metro, but not when they've closed the station.

Anonymous said...

You can overpay in here. You deal with litter, crime, and delays in here. You can inhale mystery smoke in here. You can derail in here. You can commit suicide in here. You can walk up/down/around non-functioning escalators in here. You can expect closed above ground service in here. You can pay rush hour rates with 30 minute waits in here. You can offload in here. You can die in crashes in here...

...You can NOT film in here.

Anonymous said...

The so called videographer is an idiot. If your being told to leave the station because it is closed. What's the hard part. The next thing you know that idiot camera person will be on here complaining about the way a Metro employee talked to him.

Anonymous said...

"The so called videographer is an idiot. If your being told to leave the station because it is closed. What's the hard part. The next thing you know that idiot camera person will be on here complaining about the way a Metro employee talked to him."

Wow, you have an enormous respect for authority. Considering the incompetence Metro had displayed over the last year, I am happy to have journalists filming their reaction to yet another major catastrophe. The videographer is not "an idiot." He is a journalist doing his job. He is getting the story out to the public as it is happening. But I am sure you are too busy reading the Washington Times to worry about actual journalism.

UNSUCK METRO NOW!

Anonymous said...

All I see is a videographer who is pestering employees who are trying to evacuate a large number of people. We all know that metro has communication problems in getting news and information out, but don't interfere with people trying to do their job.

Anonymous said...

"The so called videographer is an idiot. If your being told to leave the station because it is closed. What's the hard part. The next thing you know that idiot camera person will be on here complaining about the way a Metro employee talked to him."

A little lesson in idiocy... That person is practicing videography when he captures moving pictures and sound via a recording device (aka 'camera'). The fact that you can see moving pictures and hear audio should render your "so called" label incorrect.

(Speaking of 'your') 'You're' is a contraction of you are. 'Your' is a possessive pronoun. They are not interchangeable. That is to say, they have different meanings and uses. You used 'your' incorrectly.

You also missed a perfect opportunity to properly use a question mark (looks like this '?'). Assuming, of course, you didn't intend to use 'What's the hard part' as a statement. Becuase that wouldn't make sense. Some may say it would be idiotic.

When people call others idiots, it brings out the grammer-gestapo in me. When you prove you are capable of mastering the language you may be allowed to call others idiots. Until then, you won't be taken seriously.

technosophe said...

How ironic, you would think the "grammer-gestapo" worked hand-in-hand with the "spelling police," but apparently that isn't the case.

Nice try, though!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree that this guy was kind of acting obnoxious. The metro employees are trying to evacuate a station, and this guy is getting in the way and causing a scene.

Anonymous said...

How ironic. They can't run a subway in there either.

FlamingAtheist said...

Well, at least according to the Post the operator actually announced to the people what happened and that help was on the way, unlike the 'communication cable' incident.

technosophe said...

I would imagine it to be pretty difficult to run an enormous metro system if I were perennially short-changed on a budget, too.

As someone who has worked in EMS, I have to side with the officials here. The last thing you need when you are trying to arrange a response to an accident is a moron with a video camera, blocking the exits and not cooperating with officials. It wasn't a parade, it was a derailment.

Anonymous said...

Yes...money will solve Metro's problem of a highly incompetent workforce.

Anonymous said...

I'm just happy that the National Transportation Safety Board's offices are at L'Enfant Plaza, as WMATA is their largest offender. Anyone with spare time should peruse the NTSB's site for WMATA accidents - astonishing how many pertain to our beloved Metro system. At this rate, they'll have to open a separate branch just to investigate WMATA.

Gregory said...

I think they should make a board of riders,like about 50 total,50 riders to represent teens who ride,50 for disabled people,50 for seniors,and 350 for the average joe trying to get to work

Kara said...

If metro is doing everything it can do avoid scrutiny, including banning safety officials, I WANT someone there watching them.

"All I see is a videographer who is pestering employees"
Did we see the same video? I did not even see the reporter talking to the employees until they talked to him first. In fact, it looks like they were coming down the escalator as normal and she stopped them. If another employee there gave them permission and was not authorised to do so it is hardly the fault of the person that got permission.

Not to mention that how can it be "blocking an exit" when he is on the down escalator when they are evacuating?

It seems like a lot of the comments on this post are from people supporting the decision when their statements are easily contradicted by the raw footage itself. I wonder how many are metro employees and how many are right wing idiots.

Anonymous said...

Just because you have a camera (or comment on blogs) does not make you a reporter. Nobody has any business on an emergency scene if they are not directly contributing to the resolution of the incident. Actual reporters included. Everybody else is detracting from the safety of everyone involved and just fulfilling their own need to view an "exciting" situation. The "videographer" is contributing nothing and sucking up resources that had they been needed (had the situation been more dire) could have harmed somebody. Metro stations are full of cameras and I assume the NTSB has the footage from every one of them. Its a free country, so film anything you want ... on your way out. I just wonder why a "safety device" on a train makes the train safer by derailing it. The "derailing" part of the incident was because the safety devise on the train did what it was supposed to do ... which is the actual weird part.

Anonymous said...

"Just because you have a camera (or comment on blogs) does not make you a reporter."

Really? Because last time I checked, freedom of the press meant there was no licensing process to become a reporter. Anyone can be a reporter. There's no exam, no degree, no certification. That is Basic Journalism 101.

"Just because you...comment on blogs" does not make you a journalism expert.

Anonymous said...

Wow, there is a law!

http://os.dc.gov/os/frames.asp?doc=/os/lib/os/info/odai/title_24/title24_chapter21.pdf

Anonymous said...

(Speaking of 'your') 'You're' is a contraction of you are. 'Your' is a possessive pronoun. They are not interchangeable. That is to say, they have different meanings and uses. You used 'your' incorrectly.

You are an idiot. Did I spell that correctly? Why don't you comment on the subject? Maybe you are also the idiot videographer.

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