Marla R. Stevens

MS-NBC vs The Deaf

Filed By Marla R. Stevens | September 20, 2005 9:14 AM | comments

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Gov. JEB appears on MS-NBC with urgent message to his South Florida/Key West constituents that it's too late to leave now and they should "turn around, not drown".

As is the policy of the Florida governor's office when issuing emergency messages, a signer for the deaf interprets on-screen simulaneously.

MS-NBC first puts its logo on top of the signer. Then it superimposes a weather map on top of her. Next it splits the main screen with the weather map and governor side-by-side, pushing the signer to the right off the screen altogether.

Then, as if denying life-saving emergency information to the deaf was not enough, MS-NBC interrupts the governor's Spanish-language restatement in favor of having the MS-NBC news readers prattle.

Letters of complaint to MS-NBC should go to this address: viewerservices@msnbc.com


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