WNWS: Total Speculation

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What’s the definition of “news”?

Image result for you know when you see itWe are not journalists and couldn’t give an industry standard definition of what news is, but we think we have a good idea of what it is not.  A recent piece written by David Thomas and posted on the WNWS website and Facebook page was not news.

The link:


Here’s what I’m referring to that is not news:

West Tennessee Healthcare buying Tennova? CHS divesting hospitals

Tennova officials declined to comment, but a statement from West Tennessee Healthcare said, “There is some discussion in the community regarding the potential sale of CHS (Community Health Systems) hospitals.

“We know that CHS has announced that it is divesting additional hospitals in 2018, but it is not their practice to announce which hospitals will be divested unless and until they reach a definitive agreement for sale.

“WTH is constantly evaluating opportunities to improve and expand regional access to high quality, cost-effective healthcare.”

So what’s wrong?

  • There are no names listed; Just the term “officials” is used.  Who did Mr. Thomas speak with?
  • There is discussion in the community but I don’t know what “community” means.
  • We don’t know which hospitals might be divested.  Do you know what divested means Merriam- Webster defines it as “a : to deprive or dispossess especially of property, authority, or title; divesting assets to raise capital”
  • WTH (West Tennessee Healthcare) constantly evaluates… There is no documentation presented that this is happening with Tennova.

This article is nothing but speculation.  A Facebook reader even points this out it’s just speculation.  This shows lack of respect for patients, employees, and all stakeholders who were unnecessarily stressed because of the lack of content provided by us by Mr. Thomas.  If Mr. Thomas and WNWS want to be viewed as a serious news outlet they are going to have to do a much better job.

If WNWS is really concerned about content, they didn’t show it on these posts….

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