Hindsight Causes Hysteria (12/11/12)
As radio prank calls go, the one two Australian DJs made last week was pretty tame. Badly impersonating England's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, they phoned the hospital where England's Duchess Kate was being treated and managed to fool someone into giving them a health update on the Duchess.
They didn't make a bomb threat or tell someone their child had died. It was more like a kid calling a store to ask if they have Prince Albert in a can.
But then Jacintha Saldanha, the hospital nurse who originally fielded the call and merely transferred it, turned up dead in her apartment as a possible suicide.
Since then, the pranksters have been made out as murderers. They've been yanked from the air by their own radio station (the one that hired them in the first place to do this very type of thing), legal authorities are searching for ways to prosecute them and they're being pilloried in the press.
We don't even know yet if the nurse's death was a suicide. But even if it was, I have to believe Ms. Saldanha had much bigger problems than this silly prank.
Certainly, many of radio's "shock jocks' do go over the line. But this is a case of 20/20 hindsight making us outraged over something that had no malicious intent. And I don't think this pair deserves it.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.