I’m not going to lie to you. I lost some sleep last night after hearing I was accused of “sneaking into a private funeral service that was closed to the news media”.
Sneak? I did not. I walked in the front door with everyone else. Private? I was never told it was a private service and that they would prefer me not being there.
My guess? Some other media folks tried to get in the doors after I got in but were turned away.
I posted all the details of the story and what happened on www.faithandethics.com
But I will say this here. I spoke this morning with the church folks I sat with and who saw my story and they were fine with it. They liked that I used audio from the pulpit. They liked the tone of the story and felt it captured the faith of the family. I also talked with the family spokesperson who told me “if we were going to have anyone in the media cover the funeral service, we would have wanted it to be you.”
If I offended any member of the family. I’m sorry. If I drew any attention away from the service, I’m sorry. But in talking with these folks this morning, that was not the case. You can see the stories on our website www.wkrn.com.
Was I wrong? Did I violate the sanctity of the service?
Let me know what you think