I was approached in downtown Asheville on Nov. 3 by a film crew from Asheville's WLOS TV and was asked "Would you like to give your opinion about how you feel about the big Republican win yesterday?" I said, "Yes, I think it's tragic. I support this president 100 percent. Our country has a huge mess to recover from, and it's going to take time. I can certainly understand the frustration; a lot of people have lost their jobs. But, like raising a child, it's going to take time and patience to heal."
Thank goodness I had a friend with me to witness this "opinion taking" (the operative word is "taking") on the street by WLOS.
Later that evening, my husband and I tuned in to WLOS to see if the piece aired — and there I was, totally excerpted!
Commentator: "Folks were asked about the big Republican win yesterday."
Me: "I can certainly understand the frustration, a lot of people have lost their jobs."
We sat there stunned, mouths agape. My real opinion was left on the cutting room floor as the editor chopped my opinion to a sound byte to fit the story. Net effect? WLOS reversed my opinion, belief and even my political affiliation in three seconds.
This is freedom of speech?! No, this is political subterfuge, and I was used.
Next time you are asked for, or hear a sound byte from an "opinion poll," be skeptical — at least with Asheville's WLOS/ABC.
My free speech was not an offering to be used by right-wing conservatives with an agenda to ruin this country. You cannot steal my vote or my voice!
— Cindy Hady