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7/23/05

Local news...

One of the things in life that I find most annoying is the local news. It is one of the biggest wastes of the technology of television ever forced upon the public. None of the talking heads they have read the news to us has ever convinced me that they have a real personality or an original thought in their noggin. They always pretend to be such good friends, having such a good time--it makes me sick.
But, worst of all, are the decisions of what constitutes "news". With all that is going on in our world today, you would think that there would be plenty to choose from to fill 26 minutes of air time. But, no. Really important issues and stories get the briefest possible coverage, while puff pieces about local "news" get the bulk of the attention.
For instance, the broadcast that sparked this post happened just the other day. It was the day this week when police in London shot a suspect in the subway bombings as he was entering another station. That story received about a 45 second, cursory report. The same day, however, we were treated to a story of at least 3 1/2 minutes on how hot it is here in St. Louis. Now, let me tell you, it has been dang hot here. It's been in the upper 90's for many days in a row, with the heat index topping out well over 100 every day. But, guess what: everyone knows it's hot! It's not news! We don't need 3 + minutes of a reporter roaming downtown St. Louis for "man on the street" interviews about the heat, especially when the usual interaction proceeds like this:

REPORTER: "How would you describe this heat?"
AVERAGE JOE: "Real hot, man."

We all know we should drink water, try to stay indoors, etc. All I'm saying is, don't call it "news" if you're just saying something everyone is already aware of.

2 comments:

Marel Lecone said...

I hate local news. I feel like a fish being baited to watch. Give me a commercial already.:)

W Sofield said...

I'm with you, brother. The same thing happens here with hurricanes. When a hurricane is coming, they run news constantly. People saying -- you need to have hurricane supplies, don't run your generator inside your house, don't go out to the beach to watch the hurricane. Man on the street reports, "Man, I hope it doesn't hit us too hard, you know?"

G.K. Chesterton...

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."