“Find a job you like and you add five days to every week.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
This past week the temperatures in Gainesville plummeted into the twenties – farenheit. Because of the cold, the local news channel decided to do a short segment on how to keep your pipes from freezing. They went to one of the larger plumbing outfits in this town and interviewed one of the men there. I happen to have first hand knowledge of the interview since the person interviewed was my husband.
Now I must preface this story with some facts. Fact # 1 – When my hubby took his licensing exam, he studied diligently, took his exam and passed. When the time came to go downtown to secure his license, everyone in the office stopped working to see the person paying for a license. My husband wondered why everyone came out and was looking at him, when someone finally broke the silence and began clapping. I guess by then, question marks were flying from his facial expression. One by one the worker came to shake his hand telling him he scored the highest anyone has every scored on a licensing exam.
Fact #2 – My husband also teaches plumbing to students at a 4 year college, and he is affectionately known as Mr. Codebook by students and faculty alike.
Back to the news story. So, during the interview, my husband explained how to keep the pipes inside your home from freezing, as well as how to protect the exposed plumbing under your home and around the exterior of your home. He ended the interview with a chuckle saying: “If you don’t take these precautions, maybe your pipes will freeze, and maybe they won’t; hopefully they won’t.”
When that segment of the news came on, the broadcaster gave all the tips my husband told in his interview, and the only part of the interview with my husband they aired was the very last sentence he spoke, “If you don’t take these precautions, maybe…”. Talk about twisting words! If anyone dares tell me the news people are not biased, that they are reporting the facts and showing the facts, I will make sure they hear about this interview where they made my husband sound like he didn’t take his trade seriously!
I’ve always know to take what the news says with a grain of salt, but I now know first hand how words can be skewed to change what someone said.