Hey y’all! Happy Monday! We’re wrapping up season one of Sweet Retreats with out final shoot out here on the west coast, Napa Valley to be exact. Yeah, rough life I know..
Sweet Retreats Shoot-Napa Valley, CA
It’s a lovely place and I’m thrilled to be wrapping up our first successful season at such a lovely place. Still, work is work so I’m juggling things here on Goodenoughmother.com (with the help of our amazing blog coordinator Jackie Gailey, of course) which means there have been quite a few balls in the air.
I got home the other night after travel and work and was met with kind of a surprising Facebook message. It was from Siobhan Riley, a young woman who was an intern at CBS back when I was at The Early Show.
Riley is a reporter in Flint, MI. About a month ago, she made a genuine mistake on air; using a Telestrator to illustrate a story, she ended up drawing what looked like male genitalia on the screen.
It was clearly a mistake and Riley was mortified. Of course, in this day and age of social media, it got shared again and again by people, myself included.
Then I, and probably everyone else, forgot about it except for Riley who wrote me on Facebook and said this:
I hope all is well. Last month I became a YouTube sensation when I was trying to draw a picture of construction and instead it ended up looking like a males penis and The video went viral. I really hesitated about wether or not to send you a message. I met you in 2004 when I interned at CBS News and always looked up to you as a journalist and always felt that you paved the way for young aspiring journalist like myself and I thank you for that. When the YouTube incident happened, It was very humiliating and quite depressing. It was hurtful when I read the comments that you posted on your Facebook page about the incident. I did not read a lot of the comments over the Internet for that reason and by no way am I trying to be disrespectful but because you are someone who I have always looked up to since college and always thought you were and still are a great journalist I just wanted you to know that your words that were posted on Facebook were very hurtful. Even though you may have meant it as a harmless joke when the clip was posted to your page. Sometimes words can be so hurtful and we have to be so Careful
(For your edification here is exactly what I said under the video: 1. That damn telestrator, 2. *snicker* In response to someone saying traffic was hard that day, 3. Yeah we’re 12-year-old boys (which was a dig AT ME!) 4. lol and 5. LOL).
So I responded to Riley, giving her advice I’d learned over the course of my own career on how to make a defining moment work for, rather than against you.