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A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

This is NOT news

Tonight’s eleven o’clock news on our local ABC affiliate LED OFF with a story about a man who called 911 because he was not allowed to enter a night club. The upshot of the story was that the man was high on something, and he wanted the police to force the night club to let him in. A bizarre story, to be sure, but news? And lead story news?

Oh, and did I mention… this whole story took place A WEEK AGO! A full week ago! And yet– get this– it is reported by a reporter who is LIVE on the scene of the night club. A WEEK LATER, THE REPORTER IS STILL THERE AT THE NIGHT CLUB for what reason? Is there a possiblity that more news might happen there? And just maybe the reporter might be able to relay it to us LIVE? Why in the world do we need a LIVE report when the “news” (and I use that term extremely losely) happened a full week ago?

Oh, and did I mention… after they led with this “news” story (this is a news broadcast, not Entertainment Tonight, isn’t it?) they went on to report about other items– things that might possibly be construed to be real and actual news; like a fatal head-on collision on a freeway (the second in as many weeks in that same area); a man pleading not-guilty to murdering a 77 year-old woman; the indictment of a school Superintendent on allegations of criminal mistreatment of a teenager. I would suggest that any one of these stories is more newsworthy– and more worthy of being a lead story for a broadcast– than was the “story” of a stoned man calling 911 in order to get into a night club.

Can you guess why they led with this story that really wasn’t news? Here’s the honest truth they don’t want you to realize: They led with it because they had a mobile news crew available. That’s really why– so they could say “We’re LIVE on the scene…”

When is news not news?

When it’s LIVE just because they can.

link | posted by Matt Norquist at 2/20/2007 08:26:00 PM |


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