Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Some No Longer Using Rodriguez's Name

Peterson, Rodriguez mug shotsMore than 1,000 news stories appear in a Google search related to the flight to Mexico by Lexington teacher Kelsey Peterson and the 13-year-old boy, Fernando Rodriguez, she once taught.

Rodriguez's picture even moved on The Associated Press wire when he and Peterson first disappeared last week.

But now, The Associated Press and at least one local TV station, KETV-7, are no longer using Rodriguez's name, citing sexual abuse allegations in connection with Peterson's arrest. The change first came to light Tuesday when AP editors ordered Rodriguez's name be struck from subsequent stories, saying the most recent charges allege he was the victim of a sex crime.

In a report Wednesday night at 5, KETV reporter Farrah Fazal referred to Rodriguez as "the boy." However, stories archived on the station's website, KETV.com, still include Rodriguez's name.

The AP first used Rodriguez's name in its initial stories, explaining that wire service "generally does not identify people who may be victims of sex crimes, but the boy’s name had been widely publicized as police searched for him."

More of the Name Game
Some Omaha news media outlets are naming the woman suspected of writing bad checks under an assumed name to cover cash taken from the Douglas County Treasurer's Office. The Omaha World-Herald is not, citing its policy of not identifying someone who is not yet charged with committing a crime.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

they aren't the only one's not using his name or picture...and seriously this blog shouldn't either. He is the victim of a sex crime, whether he believes it or not. Have some respect

Anonymous said...

For crying out loud, anyone who has watched the news the past week knows this kid's name. Are they just supposed to forget it?

Fernando didn't belong in the U.S. in the first place, so the way I see it, he waived his right to be a "protected" victim.

Anonymous said...

KETV has not shown the boy's photo this whole time.

Anonymous said...

3:42 p.m.:

There is precedence in this case. When Anne Sluti was kidnapped in Kearney in 2001, it was learned that she had been raped during her abduction. But news stations continued using her name.

John Klark said...

Why don't you all quit arguing and start working on your newscasts?

If you'd spend less time on this blog and more time being real journalists, maybe more people would watch TV news instead of reading it in the newspaper and online.

Anonymous said...

It he any relation to CHI CHI Rod - ri- gweeez ?

dingbat said...

The media suddenly has developed a conscience? Impressive. Because for the past couple weeks they sure didn't have a problem with divulging the emails (which discussed how good the sex was) between the teacher and the kid.

They need to be very careful when dealing with this stuff. Like that poor kid in Missouri who was kidnapped by the guy and kept for several years. They repeatedly reported his name and the fact that he was sexually abused and they throw that lame comment out there (The Associated Press generally doesn't divulge victim's names, but this case is so notorious) or some B.S. like that.

Anonymous said...

Did you get a look at the (woman?) that wrote bad checks (allegedly) in the treasurers office? Cosgrove needs to recruit her to play d-line next year. The other teams would take one look and run away.

Anonymous said...

dingbat, I respect the sentiment.

The Missouri kid came forward with his family after the fact, even doing an appearance on Oprah. There's no need at that point to protect his identity, he and his family are choosing to make him a public figure.
In the Lexington teacher case, I think once the kid's found safe, his name's off limits... unless he and his family(I personally think you need the family approval since he's a minor) want his name out there.

Anonymous said...

Screw his family. They're illegals, too.

Ship em back to Me-he-co!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, maybe that's all this school teacher was trying to do. She was trying to single-handedly resolve the illegal immigration problem by taking everybody who is here illegally back to Mexico...One person at a time.

Anonymous said...

Lexington Nebraska has about 2 illegal immigrants for every american living there. Someday all cities in the USA will be like that. And if you think that the USA will still be a world leader at that time your dreaming.

Anonymous said...

Four million (minimum) illegals forced me to flee California.

If you hate the USA encourage continued invasion.

Anonymous said...

Time to put up a solid wall...

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