Did cash sully skydivers’ survival story?

Just a few days after the skydivers in and pilots of planes involved in a midair collision over Superior, Wis., made their national TV deal with NBC News, the Duluth News Tribune used its editorial page today to condemn the race for media cash.

The group cut a deal with NBC for exclusive access to the video the skydivers took of the near calamity. The News Tribune wasn’t pleased.

Troubling are any thoughts of any entity looking to parlay a profit, even if used to replace its losses, after planes it was operating collided mid-air and then crashed in large chunks, putting into danger everyone on the ground below.

Shouldn’t safety be the only concern so soon after a near tragedy? Or making sure it never happens again?

And what about the cost to taxpayers for the emergency response and the subsequent federal investigation? To their credit, Superior fire officials aren’t looking for a slice of any payout.

“With findings and determinations, attention eventually can be turned away from money and to where it belongs: making sure recommended changes are made to assure safety, both in the air and on the ground, and to prevent such accidents from ever happening again,” the editorial said.

But there are no great changes needed except one: Don’t fly so close to another plane.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    All that’s sullied is NBC’s reputation for me. Buying content then labeling it as exclusive is an insult to our intelligence.

  • kennedy

    This exposes the blurred line between entertainment and public life.

    People engaging in activities with a GoPro camera strapped to their body are going to capture a lot of images. If those images happen to be popular with the public, they are the property of the photographer who can profit from them. Not much difference from a professional photographer.

  • tboom

    Maybe I’m getting cynical; thirty years ago I’d have been outraged at both NBC and the skydivers.

    Today? … Good for the skydivers, if somebody is foolish enough to buy ’em a new airplane, then do it and don’t look back! I’m also saddened that this is how NBC collects news (rather than actually paying journalists), it reinforces my decision to no longer pay attention to network news, such as it is.

    • http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/ Bob Collins

      The “we need to sell the video to get back in business” was a little puzzling. I assume they had insurance. One is a total loss; the other is going to need at least a full engine teardown. That should be covered by their insurance. And there’s a LOT of used airplanes on the market right now (they can forget about a new airplane even if the numbers being tossed around are accurate).