I'm very impressed with the NBC4 news team for both following up on a lead from an unconventional source (Thackston's arrest record on this site) and for citing their sources. Most mainstream news outlets wouldn't bother investigating something found on the internet and even if they did surely they wouldn't give any credit to a non-commercial news source.
Bravo NBC4 for the respectable journalism!
Digging through the traffic stats there is a noticeable spike in activity that started just after the segment was aired. This spike was nowhere near the level generated during the Don & Mike show incident
, likely because NBC4 never actually said "Fairfax Underground" on the air, whereas Don did.
Still, traffic for the 6:00pm hour was up 225% from the June average and Google searches strictly for "Fairfax Underground" totaled 187 yesterday, up from a daily average of 75.
Today traffic is still up an average of 33% with 106 searches thus far for "Fairfax Underground" on google.
In case the video on nbc4dc.com is taken down I have mirrored it here:
(right click, save as)
You will need a player capable of playing flash video to view the above file. The excellent (and free) VLC media player
is my personal recommendation.
P.S. Trickie, can I have your autograph?