Even Sunrise Pictures Get Viewers Fired Up

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, tried to post a nice sunrise photo.

“Tried” is the key word.

“What a wake-up from Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis from photographer Joel Thurston! Tell us where else we should visit: have a great Main Street in your town? A beautiful view in the morning? Comment and we may bring live pictures from your hometown!” the post said.


Believe it or not, a few viewers had beef with what was written in that post. Someone claimed the station got the name of the lake wrong. And that set off a digital firestorm.

The post received 57 comments and the thread was mostly made up of people debating the lake’s real name. Lake Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun.

“Folks, the lake’s name is Bde Maka Ska, regardless of what anyone commenting here wants or hopes or dreams or remembers. If it entertains you to post “Lake Calhoun!!” by all means enjoy your life, but the name is what it is. And it isn’t Calhoun,” WCCO finally said.

The back and forth made some wonder why everything on social media, even a sunrise picture, needs to be a debate.