A judge set bail Tuesday for a homeless woman accused of giving birth in the woods and abandoning her newborn on Christmas night.
Alexandra Eckersley, 26, appeared in court by phone from a hospital and pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, falsifying physical evidence and reckless conduct.
I can say raunchy things. I could be a creep at times. I could invade personal lives of journalists. I could say “you’re a fake news artist” if I wanted to. But I don’t because I respect the work and the job. I bet it’s not easy. It’s not to say that I disrespect the ones who disrespect themselves. Today that’s Amy Coveno from WMUR-TV in Manchester
Coveno who has a history of favoring “heroes” such as first responders has not been a punishable offense. In 2016 she was caught in a public email defending the Manchester police department after a mass department situation.
Coveno, who is involved with CASA the local child’s rights organization per to her bio on the station’s website was assigned to the story of a 26 year old woman giving birth pre maturely outside of a Manchester neighborhood- homeless living in a tent and dialed 9-1-1. The premature child was found elsewhere and the woman is charge for felony for abandoning the newborn. The Boston stations added (via confirmation) that the woman, Alexandra Eckersly is the daughter to the recently retired NESN color announcer for the Red Sox
WMUR-TV decided to just skate past it. Now with that aside Coveno 5,600th tweet was this cringe (via a reply that another reporter that tagged her before the identity was released.
“First responder are in my heart tonight” tagging the Manchester, NH police department, the Manchester (UK) fire department (most likely inadvertent) and the AMR Manchester Twitter (the private sector EMS company for the city) Then yours truly felt he had to call her out
Leave that tweet to yourself. This this the kind garbage that would be a fireable offense if corporate knew your style of journalism. Fun Fact you were on WGBH-TV's air 6+ years ago for similar remarks https://t.co/ey5DENcGrQ
— Steven (The Sorta Stable Autistic Minifig Newsie) (@MinifigNewsguy) December 28, 2022
then she went classy…
of course I couldn’t let up for a few hours until the Merrimack outlets gas leak from falling ledge became the area story. In fact copters were flying by the base operations of @MinifigNewsguy but with my new iPad 10 arriving my priorities were different.
But there are so many ethical violations Coveno did. First why is she still assigned to stories involving law enforcement and second why is she allowed to do work that should be the responsibly of the stations Community Connection program? Third – the CASA conflict?
Also why is News 9 Investigates being used? This reminds me of the Hingham Apple Store event the local stations use their enterprise journalism branding as entertainment value. It’s like “New Development” a catchphrase to tag a different part of the same story on the same wheel of the same newscast.
I don’t worry anymore as 2022 closes if I’m a credible newsie. People IRL are completely unethical and are lacking a filter and I’ve always held to a higher standard that local media in the Top Ten market that have stopped to a low level of ethical trash. It makes me sick.
Adding to the files of Cringe stories… WMUR-TV Manchester* runs a propaganda piece on their noon broadcast by no other than Chief Propaganda Correspondent, Ray Brewer, who relies on data from the DEA that apparently there is fentynal that looks like candy and could be in your kid’s halloween treats at the end of the month. For those who know me personally, WMUR-TV is the Hearst-owned ABC Affiliate north of Boston, which leave vague messaging of where their primary audience, or worse who they are. They have used predatory measures in the past to take out competitors, and even freckin’ Jack Heath once was infamously known for telling his staff to ignore the competition in a 1993 promo once posted a YouTube user of “Houston TV News” (resurrected recently as “Houston TV History”, but didn’t put the Manchester/Boston footage like that promo)
A week after the state’s primaries, the station that turns #NHPolitics into a s-tshow; I called out the station directly via a tag on Twitter. But apparently it got their attention and they were allegedly stalking me (and perhaps this site…and preferred to get intel via my pages section) not the wonderful posts of work and travels.
Since I was out of the office for most of July for the rebuild of my workspace; I ran across this Tweet from a now former WGME meteorologist that is now at @Hearst-owned WMUR-TV in Manchester (the most disliked station per to the @MinifigNewsguy.)
I thought it was important to let the new guy know what to expect that not all people north of Boston are stupid and unaware of the media industry…
Matt Hoenig was confused, well what do you expect for a kid that I could been his babysitter understand? He’s now at WMUR-TV where no one in the building has a brain!
I felt my tweet was clear, this “Ryan” doesn’t understand the industry. What can I say about Maine? I’ve been there, and it’s a dumb state. I don’t go there often, it’s Connecticut is my most traveled state outside of my home place of the 603…
It is not incoherent nonsense… two days later, Steve Scott, from WCBS radio, pulled the curtain of the very same thing I was calling out on the WMUR-TV weather boy…
As much as I am a media nerd unlike that Mainer “Ryan”, I understand that the parent company has no business being tagged by a journalist’s Twitter. Who in the hell in corporate about a rank and file/unionzed air talent? They Don’t. And why are you alienating your audience with the suckups of a faceless enterprise? We know who you work for, and those who don’t don’t want to know.
This is my belated “Eat the Press” rant since I haven’t had the chance to sit down on my Mac and write a 300 word rant about the industry of a technical outsider with insight to the industry.
In our newsroom, sometimes reporting on controversial stories requires you to be in a conference room between your managing editor, the assistant news director, the news director and the general management and the station’s standards and practices (the legal dept.) cause you posted something wild.
OK, I’m being a little cute. But I take what I write very seriously while not so with my personality This is on the post last week in regards to the passing of the New England based meteorologist, Mish Michaels who suddenly passed away in March.