People who think TKelly didn’t do anything wrong when she held the story til after Chim and Hen were safe are wrong in one massive, MASSIVE way - and the fact that she labeled Jonah a serial killer. Bc here’s the thing - even if he caused several people to code and brought them back, he still has only one CONFIRMED person he killed, and that’s Claudette. By labeling him a serial killer when at this point in time Jonah can only be proven responsible for one death, TKelly has:
Opened the door for every single person who ever had a loved one die under the care of any of the depts he worked at to question whether or not it was a rightful death, and causing them months of agony while its figured out, if ever, since some of the deceased wouldn’t have the bloodwork available anymore to prove anything
Made it impossible for Jonah to have a fair trial anywhere within the state of California since now all potential jury members will be biased into thinking he’s a serial killer (if not him not having a fair trial ANYWHERE in the US given what a media circus this is now)
Opened herself and the station up for Jonah to sue them, bc if no one can prove that he killed more than one person, she would have been slandering him BY THE LEGAL DEFINITION in the press by calling him a serial killer
If Jonah is convinced of Claudette’s murder, TKelly labeling him a serial killer opens the door for him to appeal the conviction on the basis of having unfair coverage in the press
Regardless of whether or not you think she screwed up on WHEN she covered the story and/or what her definition of ‘off the record’ is, she has MASSIVELY screwed up on the professional front and she better hope they can prove he permanently killed other people or she’s in for a world of hurt that she brought down on herself.
I cannot stop thinking about the fact that Taylor always insisted that “nothing was more important than the truth” (and I have so many thoughts on how weak of a justification that is for plastering people’s private lives on a television screen, because there is a kind of truth that matters and is important to get out there, and there’s a kind of truth that is just people who deserve to be respected and Taylor has never met the line between them) and yet in the end the final nail in the coffin of her relationship with Buck was her lying to his face, making a promise and breaking it, taking the truth and grinding it to dust. There’s something so poetic in that, in that one massive pillar of her character crumbling under the slightest pressure. Because I think before, even though her behavior bothered Buck (even if he couldn’t quite figure out why), he felt like he could respect her principles. Because Buck, beautiful, honest, good-hearted Buck, believed her when she said the truth was all that mattered.
And then Taylor lied, she lied easily and readily, and she proved that she doesn’t care about the truth in the slightest, and she never did. She has no principles at all. She doesn’t care about people, not the people she’s supposedly revealing the truth to, not even the people she knows, who should matter to her. All that matters to her is her own ambition, and the truth is the veneer she puts on it to make it less despicable.