Is The Mainstream Media Determined To Push Sensational Stories About Drone Users?

By Kehl Bayern / May 20, 2018

The TODAY Show in the United States is one of the most viewed morning programs on network television.

Their segments often range from mundane celebrity news to sceptical looks at “what’s trending now” in society.

As you can probably already guess, it was only a matter of time before this program decided that drones and all that comes along with unmanned aerial vehicles were ripe for a scandal.

And did they ever pick something sordid!

Image via Peter Fazekas from Pexels.com.

While most of our articles detail irresponsible drone ownership and piloting, the TODAY Show focused on a subset of drone pilots that are using their UAVs to take pics and spy on people.

In a four-and-a-half-minute clip that you can view by clicking here, the TODAY Show talked about everything from drones spying on little girls in the bathroom to peeping in on a woman in a highrise after she had taken a shower. The segment also goes on to talk about people getting arrested for voyeurism using drones.

The program warns: “If a drone were spying on your in your home or backyard, would you even know? Not necessarily…TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen stages a revealing demonstration to show how easily you could become a victim of a ‘peeping drone’ – and explains what you can do about it.”

Response to this segment is mixed, with some people citing it as an overreaction while others see it as making life that much more difficult for legitimate drone operators.

One theme of many of these reports about drones and their misuse is that it seems like a small minority of pilots are engaging in bad activities yet are dominating all the press.

But, then again, maybe we shouldn't shoot the messenger.


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About the author

Kehl Bayern

Kehl Bayern is our staff news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of photography, he is interested in architecture and modern design. Kehl Bayern is also the author of science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts and studied politics at the University of Virginia and, later, Harvard University for graduate school. He spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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