Wrong Again: This Time It's Bay Area Television
Local CBS affiliate KCBS attended Stitches West 2012, in San Jose, CA, as part of a look at "Those Other Conventions," by which they meant "strange" or "quirky" gatherings. Although they did mention that there were over 15,000 attendees, they did not note that nearly a fifth of the entire US population does some sort of needlework, nor did they take the topic itself seriously. Every reportorial cliche was trotted out, from "It's not just a hobby for grandmas! It's hip!" and "Knitting isn't just for old spinsters any more!" ("No, really!") Crochet, knitting, weaving, spinning, sewing, and rug hooking were all confused repeatedly. Could you imagine if a reporter went into a locker room after a conference title football game and made jokes about designated hitters? No? Is it okay for the media to consistently Get It Wrong about something tens of millions of people do? What should we do about it?