Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A tale of two stories

Ever feel like the halfwits in the media aren't giving you the whole story?  Yes, that's what I thought.  But, they would never do that, right?

Here is a story told in two different ways.  See if you can tell which story is told by a journalist and which is told by a jourrrrnalist.

Note: This I just found this pic on the web.  It's not a pic of the swan attack in this story, it's just a random swan attack.

DES PLAINES, Ill. (CBS) – A man who neighbors say was devoted to caring for the swans of a Des Plaines area apartment complex might have paid for that devotion with his life. 

Devoted, you say?

CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli has the story of a Villa Park man who died in what witnesses say was a freak incident. Early Saturday, Anthony Hensley, 37, was in a kayak on a pond at an apartment complex in the 9300 block of Bay Colony Drive in an unincorporated area of Cook County near Des Plaines, checking on swans that were kept at the pond to keep geese away. 

And why was he there?

 It was Hensley’ job to care for the swans at the Bay Colony Drive apartment complex near Des Plaines, but Saturday morning something went wrong, and there was an altercation with at least one of the large birds. More here:

I see.  Soooooo, part "devotion" and part "I get paid for it?" Is that possible?

Meanwhile, who needs to get in a kayak to "check on swans?"  Answer: nobody.  My guess is he just wanted to go commune with them and check on their eggs etc ... because, in his view, the swans loved him and wanted him to share in their family's joy.

OK -- here's another version of the story from a different reporter.

North Maine Fire Department responded about 6:59 a.m. Saturday to a report of a drowning victim at 9386 Bay Colony Drive. Emergency responders received a report that a man and a dog were in a boat when the dog jumped into the water, and a man jumped into the pond after the dog. A citizen spotter helped rescuers locate where the man went under the surface on the south side of the pond.

Divers and firefighters from Glenview, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Long Grove and Northbrook with sidescan sonar equipment responded to the scene. Wilmette also responded with a sonar tech.

The male victim, identified as Anthony Hensley, 37, was recovered from the pond at about 7:49 a.m. and transported with advanced life support, including CPR, by Niles firefighter/paramedics to Lutheran General Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 8:16 a.m. Saturday.

Anthony Hensley of Villa Park was apparently working for a Goose Control company, and was working on geese removal at the Bay Colony pond. Investigators suspect that a swan or a group of swans attacked Hensley when his kayak moved too close to their nest.

Hmmm, no mention of his devotion here.  They must have forgotten that part or something.

1 comment:

Onecos said...

First report he was "devoted" to swans. Second report he was devoted to his dog.

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