Thursday, November 10, 2005

KMTV Reaching into the Grab Bag of Tired Stories

It appears KMTV's practice of avoiding stunt stories during sweeps is going by the wayside. Sarah Simmons is doing a piece on meth.

Hasn't this story been done enough? Thanks to the media's constant harping on the topic and law enforcement's incessant lobbying, it's already easier to buy a handgun than it is to purchase a box of Sudafed. Do we really need to hear more about this "crisis"?

We tend to have a pretty libertarian/Darwinian view of this issue. There's no amount of regulation that's gonna keep these people away from this stuff. Let 'em have it and allow natural selection to work its magic. Same goes for the meth addicts.

7 comments:

Hosh said...

How can you say meth is not a crisis? I'm not saying that the story needed to be done again, but meth is a crisis. It's not something to be taken lightly, especially in the outer areas of the state.
I suppose that you, like many Omahans, don't realize that the state line isn't the Platte river.

joeygrisgris said...

I think his point was (and please correct me if I'm wrong Theodore)that we all know meth is bad. We don't need to be hit over the head with it for the 2,347th time in the name of ratings. Amazing how the stations hire supposedly creative, intelligent people but they can't come up with anything better than this to inform, enlighten, and amuse us.

Hosh said...

I guess I could see that. I apologize, Ted, if I took your statement wrong. A little too much coffee this morning..er, afternoon.

Heavy Metal Drummer said...

Yes, Meth is a major problem. Do you think that is the true reason that any news station would continue to do the same story over and over? Is this going to help those that are effected by this drug?

I'm guessing the KM3 demographic is for those that have blue hair and are scared of Halloween.

omatvwatcher said...

Joey: creative, intelligent people do work at these stations. The problem is that the type of people (for the most part, there are plenty who this does not apply to) who make decisions and run these newsrooms are talented at getting ahead...then their decisions are a sort of guessing game. The second problem is that instead of getting input and direction from those creative, talented people, they instead prefer to do their own thing to satisfy their egos. It seems that the management at every single station in this city is holding every station in this city back.

journalism101 said...

The effects of methamphetamine use can include addiction, psychotic behavior, and brain damage. Methamphetamine is highly addictive and users trying to abstain from use may suffer withdrawal symptoms that include depression, anxiety, fatigue, paranoia, aggression, and intense cravings for the drug. Chronic methamphetamine use can cause violent behavior, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia. Users can also exhibit psychotic behavior including auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, delusions, and paranoia, possibly resulting in homicidal or suicidal thoughts. Use of methamphetamine can cause damage to the brain that is detectable months after the use of the drug. The damage to the brain caused by methamphetamine use is similar to damage caused by Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and epilepsy.

blogboy said...

Ted your comment about the meth users shocked me because I was saying the exact same thing just the other day about weeding out these idiots who want to kill themselves with making or taking meth. I am sick of having to bend over everytime I want to get some medicine from the pharmacy because some moron is making meth with the stuff, what is this going to do anyway it's like anything else people will find a way do do something if they really want to, so why should the other 99% of us have to put up with this.As far as KMTV goes I think this goes under the catagory,if you can't beat them.....join them. Of course we arrrre talking about it now.

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