Do your f’ing research

Yesterday, the CTV Morning Live show for our city had a story about how you save and prepare for baby and all that you need to think about during this pandemic. It was a very bubbly story about how wonderful and beautiful it is that families are using this time in history to expand their families and how kids are such a blessing.

Apparently, someone who works for CTV didn’t do their research when they pulled a ‘stock image’ from the internet to use for their piece. Next to ‘5 things to consider as you financially plan for parenthood’, the station decided to use an image of Chris Watts and his family to showcase a ‘happy family’.

Haven’t heard of Chris Watts? Lucky you. To fill you in, Chris Watts (the man in this photo) brutally murdered and disposed of the bodies of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, all pictured here.

Maybe the photo they used of a ‘happy family’ shouldn’t be that of one that is of a man who murdered everyone else in the photograph and sent the police on a wild goose chase as he proclaimed on national television that his wife just ‘went to a friends house and didn’t return’.

The fact that this made it to live television… I don’t know what’s worse – if one person took it from the internet and no one else saw or proofed it before putting it on the show, or if multiple people saw and no one stopped and said ‘hey, where’d you get that picture from’?