Rebecca Aguilar Misses the Target on Shooting Story

Someone needs to smack Rebecca Aguilar. Figuratively speaking, of course. Are you kidding me? This is her idea of journalism? Ambushing a 70-year-old man who has been through life-and-death twice in three weeks? “Are you a trigger happy kind of person? Is that what what you wanted to do? Shoot to kill?” Good Lord, I hate the people in this field.

Edit: I notice, Rebecca Aguilar — if that is your real name — that your report conveniently neglects to mention the man lives at the place of business where the two burglars broke in. Wonder why you left that out?

Comments

  • You’re not the only one who Rebecca rubbed the wrong way. I watched the clip and she was absolutely badgering for no apparent reason. Her reason for interviewing him? I have no idea other than to bring a 70 year old man to tears. Congrats Rebecca. For being a bitch. Because that’s all that you accomplished with your “interview”. If you can even call it that.

  • I watched that report this evening in horror. That was an awful report. I’ve seen better from her. I’ve never seen someone badgered like that in my life.

    The poor guy said “he hadn’t fired a gun in 45 years” and was just scared for his safety. That gentleman deserved better.

  • Dave Thomas

    Didn’t she win an award for being the best hispanic journalist in America recently? I can’t believe that’s true. I can’t believe that station still employs Ms. Aguilar. She does things like this on many stories. Sometimes it’s a well-deserved badgering of someone trying to hide something. Most of the time it is misdirected at poor people like this guy. I think she’s just mean.

  • Cynthia Mitchell

    It is quite obvious that Ms. Aguilar has never had anything traumatic happen to her in her life the way she treated that 70 year old man who merely tried to protect his property for the second time! I am dismayed and appalled at the treatment of this man. Fox 4 should be ashamed for this tasteless and cruel interview.

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  • Nathan

    She has single handedly successfully turned me into a loyal CBS viewer. The news “report” was horrible. I hope one day she realizes how unfair and biased she was. Maybe one day someone in her life will be threatened and she can realize he was acting how he had to. (do not wish this on anyone but it may be the only way to open her eyes)

    If the police has been able to do something to stop the theives over the other 40+ times he had called the cops, maybe it would not have come to this.

  • DT

    Fox News hasn’t been “fair and balanced” for the last decade. Being a a dem, this is nothing new. But nonetheless, it’s a poor job of reporting.

    I just wonder if the 8 comments on this post are a result of Fox’s lack of objective journalism finally affecting a subject that would tick off gun tights activists?

  • DT

    While they might wear tights, I meant “rights”.

  • Lee, Dallas, Texas

    What happened to the later posting on this topic?

  • treyg

    I didn’t want to flog an expired equine.

  • Tony

    The worst and most unnecessary attack I have seen on television since Rosie attacked Tom Selleck.I’m going to Channel 11, see you Rececca!

  • Wylie H.

    That’s one of the most depsicable reports I’ve seen on the local news this year.

    Absolutely disgraceful.

  • Joe

    DT, I haven’t worn tights in years…unless you count the Speedo I sometimes wear under one of the concealment holsters to keep a rough rivet from chewing up my leg.

  • Bethany

    That’s hot, Joe.

  • Chris

    Good thing all those “layers of editors” caught this sorry excuse for reporting before it hit the air.
    /sarcasm

  • DT,

    The FOX broadcast network has little in common with the FOX cable news except ownership by Murdoch’s News Corp.

    In most markets, the local FOX station is the one with the most tasteless news — “if it bleeds it leads” stuff.

    If this bimbo is the best Hispanic journalist then I’d hate to see the runner-up. Geraldo? (He’s on Fox cable. Different outfit. Got it, DT?) Bottom line — the poor Hispanics deserve some better journalists. But then, so does everybody else.

  • Richard Riley
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  • Joe

    Bet the burglars were hispanic, that’s why she had her panties in a knot.

  • Ray

    If I were this guy. I’d have shot HER.

  • Renee B.

    This woman deserves whatever comes her way for what she pulled. She is not a journalist, she is a filthy, filthy bully. Just like that parasite Nancy Grace, who is also a filthy bully. But the fault in this case resides with most of the journalistic profession, because these are the tactics most of them are reduced to to bring ratings. But Rebecca Aguilar brings shame to her employer by buying into the Nancy Grace brand of reporting. I hope she never works in television again.

  • RealityCheck

    Hmm, what you don’t want to talk about is the fact that one of the people he shot, he first shot in the legs and when he tried to crawl out he shot him in the back of the head.

    While I agree he has a right to defend himself that sounds an awful lot like murder and I am surprised so many right wing zealots think that this is OK.

  • treyg

    Reality Check – Source?

  • Francine

    Rebecca Aguilar’s employers know her antagonism first-hand, and they tolerate it in the newsroom in order to encourage it and unleash it in the field. The bulldog way has won Aguilar a few regional Emmy’s as well. No one at KDFW can claim surprise. Her producers, managers, news director, and general manager know Aguilar’s tactics and are to blame as much as she. These “leaders” are the reason local news is as irrelevant as it is.
    There are smart, magnanimous people out there to hire, and they choose this.

  • Fraggle Rock

    Probably Rhandi Rhodes.

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  • johnmc

    I have one other observation. Since this ‘interview’, er hatchet job was conducted in the parking lot of a business how did Aguilar know he would be there at that place and time?

    Why by stalking the poor fellow of course. They probably waited at his residence. Probably tried to intercept him there but failed. So they tailed him to where ever he went to make his purchase and ambushed him there. Sadly the Texas Stalking Law requires that a threat must be explicit or implied as part of the action. What Aguilar did does not quite rise to that.

    Very poor ‘Journalism’. And they wonder why media is sinking.

  • While, even though, I’m one of those that thinks libal suits in America are getting out of hand, this American Citizen needs to sue the sh!t out of her and her boss and their corporation.

    I know that he would never consider it, but I’m hoping that some good lawyer can convince him that he should.

    Papa Ray
    West Texas
    USA

  • Bubba Yankee

    One thing I picked up on, besides her nasty tactics, is the the Dallas PD had confiscated both shotguns used in the prior shootings.

    So, you defend yourself in your own home, and the cops take your guns? what for?

  • pst314

    Aguilar is an excellent example of why journalists are despised–and should be despised.

  • treyg
  • Max

    This man deserves an award, not the reporter.

  • RealityCheck @ October 18th, 2007 at 8:21 am

    “Hmm, what you don’t want to talk about is the fact that one of the people he shot, he first shot in the legs and when he tried to crawl out he shot him in the back of the head.”

    Can you confirm this as fact RealityCheck or simply making up stories?

    When threatened at your residence and fearing for your safety, there is no time for second guesses.

  • TakeFive

    Why did the cops steal this man’s guns?

    Fist the criminals come at him.

    Then the cops leave him defenseless.

    Then the bimbo finishes him off.

    God, what is happening here? Is there more to this story that justifies all this? Is this old man actually some multiple-convition axe-murderering pedophile?

  • tom

    “RealityCheck”

    If you don’t break into people’s homes your odds of having a homeowner shoot you in the head are pretty tiny. Under statue law, the owner did nothing wrong. If you are going to shoot somebody once you should shoot them twice. He did not know whether or not the burglar was armed.

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  • JIm

    Go back to picking veggies with your siblings

  • Carson

    What is so disturbing is that the mainstream news people genuinely believe that because they got a Bachelor’s degree in communications (easiest in the university), they are superior in point of view and in insights to the general public. This allows them to transcend civility and employ any means necessary to get their name and face on the evening news. She (Rebecca) sees this man not as a neighbor or as a citizen or anything other than a tool to further her own personal agenda. That these are the people that rise to prominence in the mainstream news tells us quite a bit about their objectives and incentives packages.

  • nemo

    Where were her editors in this whole thing? Doesn’t anyone look at a cut piece before it airs? Her reporting seems overbiased and her questions badgered the old guy. . .how this thing ever got on the air is as much the fault of HER bosses as it is of her.

    But, Hell, coming from Fox News, you’d think they’d be all giddy about killing criminals while commiting the act.

  • Bub Smith

    Nice to know that your “stuff” is more important that someones life. Sure, he killed a thief but this was still someones son, brother, father, etc.

    Also, there is NO evidence that the thieves in anyway threatened this man. He was not in danger. The police have said it. The evidence shows it.

    A life for a wrench. God. Good for the reporter. She is asking important questions the rest of you seem to want to ignore.

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  • joe west

    This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by KDFW FOX 4 TV

  • Zazu

    Bub – So I guess the old guy should have said, “Excuse me, I would like to inquire if you are here to hurt me or steal my livlihood. Oh, just stealing my livlihood, then by all means take it away…because your wasted piece of sh*t life means more to me than being able to put food on my table.”
    Give me a break. Sorry, but my stuff does mean more to me than the thug breaking into my home to steal it. Actually the turd the neighbor’s dog left in my front yard means more to me than the life of somebody who would rather steal from hardworking citizens than get a job.

  • Useful information:

    I recently attended a conceal & carry training class that recommended before resorting to deadly self defense you should yell loud enough for witnesses to hear:

    “Help, drop your weapon, I’m in fear for my life” …….bang

  • SwampWoman

    Hey, Dim Bub! My stuff is definitely worth more than some POS thief’s life. The only people that are more concerned with the burglar having contracted a fatal case of lead poisoning would seem to be those in the same line of work.

    I’ve got an idea! All the people that are in sympathy with the burglar, y’all put up your signs that say “These Premises Not Protected by Smith & Wesson and We Value the Sanctity of Burglar Life”. That way, the burglars won’t accidentally enter somebody’s house to rape, steal from, or kill anybody that might actually be armed.

  • SwampWoman

    As for that reporter, she ought to be ashamed and hopefully the family of the man will sue her for harassing him.

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  • Wil

    RealityCheck @ October 18th, 2007 at 8:21 am
    If you can’t site the sources for your facts then its BS, or your opinion.

    Carson @ October 18th, 2007 at 4:34 pm
    Reminding us that many reporters have a Bachelor’s degree (aka BS) in communications now puts this (and _many_ other stories) in perspective for me.

    Bub Smith @ October 18th, 2007 at 6:17 pm
    1) Everyone is someones’ kin, it doesn’t give them the right to invade your home, which makes this a home invasion, and you still have a right to defend your home last time I checked (most places anyway).
    2) Unless the police were with him when the home invasion occurred, they cannot know if he was threatened or not. By the way, peace officers do a lot of good and are needed in our society, but unless you are a cop or live with one they are unlikely to be with you when a crime is committed against you. Only you can protect youself 24/7.
    3) The above is _my_ opinion.

    SwampWoman @ October 18th, 2007 at 9:53 pm
    Absolutely!

  • Fraggle Rock

    Your life IS more valuable than a wrench. So next time you want to steal someone’s wrench, value your own life. Don’t be a waste of flesh and rob innocent people and they won’t shoot you.

  • Timothy Wilder

    A Hispanic acting like a Jew. What a wonderful country we have become. Not.

    Her bosses are worse. They threw her to the wolves despite their responsibility for the piece (they approved it). Utterly, utterly irresponsible. They are the true villains here. Unethical trash.

  • Erik Whetstone

    It appears that Aguilar doesn’t even learn from her own stories. She had previously covered the story in the street outside his business. At the end of that story she said he was nowhere to be found and that neighbors said he likes to be left alone. How long she have to follow him that day until she was able to tape him leaving the Academy in Mesquite? If she would have taken heed of her own story and left the man alone, maybe she wouldn’t be in the situation she is now.

  • Former Journalist

    I guess she’s finally pushed the envelope to far. I totally agree with KDFW’s move on this situtation.

  • Old Marinw

    So she’s suspended, so what? What about the cameraman? What about the news producer? The station needs to hold the entire crew responsible, not just the woman with the microphone.

  • Regina

    To “former journalist” : First… It’s “too far”, not “to far” (this is basic 3rd grade grammar). Second… KDFW is the one who “knowingly pushed the envelope” when they sent the reporter on assignment, shot it, edited it , copy edited it, produced it and chose a slot for the story on the newscast. Oh… and then they promoted it before it even aired… encouraging viewers to tune in. When their oversensationalized angle of reporting the story backfired, they made one of their own the sacrificial lamb, tied her up, lit her on fire, and threw her to the masses. It’s clear why you are a “fomer” journalist. Who don’t have enough sense to comprehend the true issue. Please tell me you have not procreated.

    To “Old Marinw”: Right on! Thank God someone has a brain. It doesn’t matter if you agree the story or not. The issue is the station’s treatment of their own reporter, who covered the story exactly the way she was instructed to do it. If KDFW thought it was such an unjust story… why the hell would they ever allow it to air?????

    Do you ever wonder what it would be like if you some day had to face a “jury of your peers”? Frightening, isn’t it? It never ceases to amaze me the plethora of ignorant people on this planet. 90% of those who are posting on this page are the same type of idiots who sat on the O.J. Simpson jury. All his lawyers had to do was distract the buttheads like a dog by clouding the real issue and they became all confused.

    Once again kiddos: The issue is simple. The reporter was given an assignment. She completed the assignment exactly as she was instructed. The bosses watched the story and said “good reporter, good reporter” and aired it. When managements’ decision backfired, they fired the reporter for doing the very job she was instructed to do.

    What? Did you think they were going to fire themselves?

  • Elliott

    Regina, I completely agree that the producers, editors etc. should be held responsible as well as Rebecca. I just wish you would have not written it in such a condescending tone. I don’t know you but from your writing you come off as a pseudo-New York-intellectual, whose self righteousness is getting in the way of your ideas. You feel like you have to correct “former journalist’s” grammar when you didn’t even spell his name right, along with making gramatical errors yourself.

  • SML

    Are you guy serious. This little old man Bull **** game is getting old. He’s a man regardless of his age who shot 2 human beings, yes intruding, but where do we draw the line. He is a trigger happy veteran who needs to be in some old folks home. I keep hearing he felt threatend by her standing in his door way, she made it difficult for him to leave, FOR GOD’s SAKE HE SHOT 2 MEN just weeks before. If he felt threatened Rebecca would have been 6 feet under right now. Come on PEOPLE. She is a great reporter! KUDOS Rebecca!

  • Gregg Eller

    What would you have done, SML, if somebody broke into your house? Shot 2 men two weeks before? Men dont break into other peoples HOMES. These guys were vermin. Its a shame, but they chose their own fate.

  • SML

    Yes they did and they got what they deserved. But she is a scape goat, she is not getting what she deserved. Lets kill all criminals. She is not one.

  • Elliott

    Actually she did commit a crime by not allowing him to leave, as someone wrote above. The old man was fearing for his life, two times in three weeks. He called the cops atleast 40 times but they were unable to help. It was his right and duty to defend himself and house. If it was SML in the old man’s position we would probably of just heard “A man was killed by burglers last night.” No she is not a reporter, she made that obvious by pushing an agenda and giving the public a biased view.

  • Elliott

    SML, i’m not sure what she did was actually a crime, thats why i didnt make a big deal about it, so I apologize. He didn’t shoot her because he wasnt in fear of his life, like he was with the burglers. I was not attacking her either, aparently you think what she did was completely ethical when she pushes her biased views and agendas on crime victims. Sure she has done some good things for people, BUT so did Hitler, maybe sense Hitler brought Germany out of a depression he shouldnt be looked down upon?

  • Amy

    All I want to do is go hug this poor older gentleman! How dare that whore treat him like that- making him shake and cry, and have no compassion whatsoever. I hope I’m as brave and strong as he is when I’m his age. She is so obtuse she doesn’t even realize that, of course, the man is deeply moved and saddened that he had to take two lives, but he did what he had to to survive. That’s what real men do, Ms. Aguilara, and we need more of them. But, I guess, hanging out on the lib journalist circles you hang out in, that’s about as alien to you (no pun intended) as if he were from Mars. You could learn a lot from him, and should really call the gentleman and apologize from the bottom of your heart, if you have one.

  • Elliott

    Hahaha i wasnt comparing her to hitler, I was just trying to use an analogy to put it into perspective. Why are you telling me to get over it when obviously you havnt, sense you keep checking back on this website? But true I am too much, I guess im kind of a big deal. Soo yeah Im bored now, what u up to?

  • SML

    Me too Elliot, too much that is…. I’m bored with all of it. I guess I could say ditto.

  • mac

    You have tainted the duty of journalism.
    I’m not talking about Rebecca, I’m talking about blogs like these.
    Rebecca was doing the job of a journalist… asking questions, seeking the truth as whatever cost.
    If you’ve watched Rebecca’s work for the last 13 years, you know that’s how she asks questions and gets to the truth.
    If bloggers want to work at bringing down a veteran’s reporters career for being tough, please be aware that you stop the next journalist from having the balls to ask the tough questions on the next story.
    Every reporter will worry more about irking the bloggers and being fired, then seeking the truth.
    Consider that as you blog about a hard working reporter, the only reporter that tracked down the man, the only reporter that got the story that no one else in the city did.
    Consider that as you attack a hard working, tenacious reporter who delivers the news other reporters are unable to, or are afraid to.
    Consider that as you watch local news tonight and wonder why no is asking the tough questions, why no one has the balls to seek the complete truth.
    I’m a journalist blogger that has decided to use the media as an arena for truth, not opinion, not gossip.
    I know Rebecca professionally. I know she gets to the point. She asks the question the same way she asked a 70 year old and a 20 year old. Would you want it differently?
    Rebecca is the type of reporter we all need in newsrooms.
    We don’t need reporters who fear gossip, and opinions.
    We need reporters, like Rebecca, that fear no one.

  • Ray

    asking someone that was forced to shoot someone that was breaking into his house if he is “trigger happy” isn’t journalism. This man did nothing wrong, and maybe no one else was looking for this story because they didn’t want some puffed up biased sensationalist story that doesn’t benefit anyone but their reputation. the real story is that this guy had his house broken into forty four times in a year, or in other words a little less than once a week, and the cops weren’t able to stop it ever.

    the truth is that with those questions, it is clear that she had already decided the message that she was looking for with her report, rather than getting the facts and presenting them and allowing the viewers to decide for themselves. that is the mark of a bad reporter.

  • Mark

    Hey, what happened to Rebecca? I really haven’t been watching FOX 4 lately because I get sick of seeing the same stories with the same video played over and over again all day, but the few times I have tuned in I’ve noticed she still seems to be gone. I would have suspected that by now she would be back. Perhaps good riddance is in order?!!!:)

  • john

    An award that targets a certain ethnicity should be questioned, by the way. She’s a hispanic woman. . .so what. Maybe just maybe that explains why she got the job in a big market like Dallas? My question is fair in the face of affirmative action and ridiculous “awards”.

    This story is awful for many reasons, foremost among them the age and fear of the victim.

  • Andy Freeman

    Mac should read the comments before opining.

    She didn’t “get the story” – she made up a story by leaving out facts that contradicted the story that she wanted to tell.

    If that’s journalism, we need less journalism.

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