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Old 02-22-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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They went live! From Richmond?! About a steam engine in Roanoke? LOL Here's what I think as someone who has worked in media. No way a TV station would speculate that wildly about something unless they had been told it's safe. Not unless you want to look like a moron today. When I was feelancing for the local paper and trying to work leads on the L&C takeover of the SB Line in South Carolina, I routinely got "No comment" replies. So finally I asked, "Look, can you give me something off the record that I can't use? Is this a story I should follow up on?" Pause. "Yes, follow up on it." Followed by "No comment." I'd be hard pressed to believe a news media station would go live with speculation this wild unless they had been told it was safe to do so.

At least, that's my theory.
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