Wednesday, April 14, 2010

BOSTON’S FOX UNDERCOVER GLOATING OVER MODULAR FIRE FIASCO

Mike Beaudet, the Fox Undercover TV reporter that yelled “FIRE” in a crowded modular home has started an avalanche of misinformation that will cost new modular home buyers in MA an additional $500 per house.

The report in which he found an old story about a modular home fire in MA and followed it to a goofy conclusion that was based on half truths and interviews with an information challenged volunteer fire chief is forcing the MA building code department to make all modular home factories serving MA to use mechanical fasteners to hang ceiling drywall.  FOX TV has never acknowledged letters from the modular home industry and the National Association of Home Builders stating that the fire was caused by human error and not by any building systems used in the construction of the modular home.

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If this becomes law in October as scheduled right now, there will be no living with Mike Beaudet. 

He will start doing reports on how manhole covers should be welded in place so that nobody can pry them off and fall in or maybe he will be the first one to interview Chicken Little about that falling sky situation. 

Whatever happens to this modular home story, be assured we haven’t heard the last of this type of muck racking, bottom feeding, fear inspired and sensationalistic reporting from Boston’s Fox Undercover and their reporters targeted against the modular home industry. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a builder of both stick built homes and modular homes for the past 28 years this story is disheartening. The building codes in MA are already above and beyond compared to any other state and now this. It is rather unfortunate that a newscaster with no building experience can come to conclusions such as this and be taken seriously. There is no question the safety of our public servants like fire fighters is of the upmost importance, but as an experienced builder I can tell you these conclusions are false. As the article states the building officials have tried to reach out to fox news about these reports, but with no avail. When a homeowner builds an illegal deck on the front of their home, flicks a lit cigarette into a flower box, and lights HIS or Hers own home on fire is not a credible source. I have talked to over 15 local building inspectors and fire chiefs in the surrounding area and they all agree this claim is misleading. I am not mad about the additional cost because it is just going to get passed on to the buyer. I am upset at the fact a claim like this can be made and be determined by local officials to be false, but have no impact.

Mark said...

This is Fox News. The make their living off of half-truths, bottom feeding and the like.

Firefighter Merrimack Valley said...

I think that people should be aware that Fox 25 Undercover website leads one to believe that the Fire Marshall who gave Mike Beaudet his story was awarded Mass Fire Fighter of the year. Once again Fox 25 Undercover uses misleading language to try to bring voracity to their ability to influence. Firefighters all over Massachusetts were heralded for their acts of bravery during that ceremony and obviously Marshall Gallagher was noted as the state could hardly change the building codes without the correct publicity photos of a handshake with the governor. This was nothing more than a publicity stunt for Fox and only Fox seemed to think the award to be worth media coverage.

The fact that no other firefighter was mentioned by Fox is an embarassment to the hard working firefighters in the Commonwealth of Massaachusetts.

FF Local XXXXXX myob said...

Firefighters in Massachusetts are not happy at all with Mr. Beaudet and Fox, not happy at all. This last segment was a tribute to MIKE BEAUDET and basically ignored the hundreds of firefighters in the state who risk their lives every day. If I were a contractor I would boycott Fox 25 unless Gov Patrick agrees not the change the law. Stats do not show that the biggest fire risks in Mass or anywhere else are linked to modular homes, period so this is just publicity for Mike Beaudet and Deval Patrick and no law should ever be changed because a manipulative TV reporter creates publicity. If you want to address the most serious fire issue in the state you address the homes in Lowell, Lawrence, New Bedford, Worcester and Brockton where you have older homes which were built to older codes, have not been updated, are unsafe and are extremely dangerous during a fire. Crawl into one of these tinderboxes and pull out a family of 8 who barely speak English and that is what the majority of awards were about at this ceremony, which were IGNORED BY FOX 25 except for the guy who got Mike Beaudet a story. Don't go coming around our Firestations now Fox 25 because we don't want your support. You have already shown that its all about tributes to yourselves and your beloved Fox Undercover and doing it after you've already gyped the firefighters out of the recognition that they deserve doesn't count.

Anonymous said...

Why are laws changing because Fox Undercover creates publicity? In fact, what message do we send if we allow a single reporters ability to make waves to manipulate law. Isnt this the exact reason why the white house is concerned about Fox News, because they tend to be more interested in showing how much they can influence than in reporting what is going on? I've seen Mike Beaudet say something false (maybe he just lies, maybe he gets bad tips, maybe he cuts and pastes so its hard 2 tell) and then Fox 25 tries to spin things to justify Mikes bad reporting. There was something about him coming across as a bully (more like harassment to me!) and then Fox does a series downplaying bullying in schools. I'm not kidding. Look it up!

Tell me again, why are we allowing laws to be changed by Fox 25 Undercover? I don't think this is a money issue. I think its about power.....

Julian said...

Fox News is very similar. They crop stories and videos and withhold facts so that whatever the agenda is that they are trying to get done that day is executed. In fact they actually issue a morning memo with the agenda (not the news, the AGENDA) of the day. Check out this link, it gives a good example. I've heard that Mike Beaudet just goes after local people who don't really ever get the chance to prepare for him so its a little like going out at night with a baseball bat to mailboxes. You are going to succeed in destroying whatever you go after.

Fox Undercover said...

I am most bothered by the fact that Fox 25 was far more interested in covering the honoring of their informant than in covering the bravery of firefighters in this state. Why is it so important for them to highlight their accomplishments during a news hour?