Dear Jack Williams: Please wipe that smug smirk off your face
Last night, at the end of the 11 o'clock newscast, Jack Williams answered viewer e-mail. One was from a woman who wondered why the TV crews went berserk covering that Needham murder but don't seem to show a similar amount of urgency in covering murders in inner-city Boston.
Williams, in that stentorian voice of his, said Channel 4 went into Crisis Emergency Mode because Needham schools were locked down and the station will always play up any story involving a possible public-safety issue.
So here's the lesson for Boston schools: Next time you go into lockdown because some murderer is on the loose, make sure to call Jack Williams. Remember the pizza guy who got shot in Dorchester on Thursday? Turns out
Dorchester High School was locked down after that, only nobody thought to inform Channel 4, probably because, unfortunately, they have a lot more experience in dealing with murders and lockdowns than bucolic little Needham. But I'm wondering even if they had alerted the media if it would have mattered.