Monday, January 16, 2006


We are by no means blaming local media for this one, although we are imploring local reporters, anchors, and producers to please please please please please please refrain from any further use of the phrase "Dr. King's dream" in news stories about today's federal holiday. We must've heard it two dozen times before 7:30 this morning, and there's no sign that it's going to let up without a concerted effort.

The madness should stop here. Find something else to focus on and/or a few more creative ways of phrasing it. Please.


UNMCStudent said...

How about not running interviews with individuals refering to 'King's Dream' as including "equal access to SUV's"...(like on WOWTs 5 pm broadcast). Oh, and tell Brian Mastre that it's inappropriate to say that someone "ran the guy over" when refering to a motor-vehicle accident.

newsperson said...

yeah, he should have used the man's last name, instead of referring to him as "the guy". tad insensitive, especially if it was a fatal. (not sure if this one was or not though.)

Tóózy said...

It's a great day for the news departments to trot out their exaggerated sincerity for all to see and admire. That phrase is included at no additional cost. Hopefully, someone had an extra Zoloft or Seconal to share to help you through the day.
My opinion of the reporting on Channel Six concerning Martin Luther King Jr. day: trite.
Channel Six decided that instead of a dignified noting of the holiday, we should be treated to some dopey white kid in a black hat from District 66 posturing for brownie points by screaming at the top of his lungs. (District 66! What, not enough black kids in OPS? What' up with that?) Instead of using the holiday for a story that examines the white/black monetary-social-political divide that still exists in OMAHA, we get black sorority sisters slinging hash at the homeless shelter, with the ancillary shot of the down on his luck guy to give us the warm fuzzies on our progress.
I half expected a cop to walk in my house, shut off my TV, and say "Move along, nothing to see here."

Udunit said...

Anyone catch the WB crapfest last night? The main KPTM'ers looked really uncomfortable being a part of that joke of a show. My favorite parts were the happy jazz music underneath a story about people taking hostages in Georgia... and then the sports guy helping Collins introduce a story about Martin Luther King! I couldn't bear watching the whole thing, but please tell me they didn't end the show with everyone standing around like a bunch of dopes. What dumbass concocted this lamebrain format??

Cogitor said...

Excellent post, Tóózy.

And Ted, you may as well wish in one hand and shit in the other, and see which fills up first. This should be on the list along with the April 15th post office shots at midnight, the day-after-Thanksgiving sale stories, the Halloween safety stories, etc.

They have forsaken common sense to the point that they cannot help themselves, though I don't accept that as an excuse. Maybe it has something to do with being on the left side of the frame: Brian Mastre, just yesterday, channeled Knicely by saying, "So-and-so reporting live", when we all just finished watching him interact with the reporter on camera. Thank God Tracy didn't say it when Shiela Brummer was standing in the same studio with them. Surprise, surprise.

omatvwatcher said...

I thought FOX 42 did a good job in covering the holiday. What toozy asked for in his/her post, they delivered. Jo Giles did a pretty good story on how the holiday has become routine for some, and is an opportunity to learn about MLK's message. But since that's a positive thing about the station, I doubt you'll hear about it in this blog.

photofarm said...

While there were a few technical problems with channel 15's first news cast, I rather liked it. Simple straight forward news stories, almost all with video shot about the story. I think it shows promise, as the reporting seems to be unbiased and present both sides of stories that need it.

Obbop said...

"I doubt you'll hear about it in this blog."

Thou art 100-per-cent correct in thine assumption.

Nobody "heard" thine response.... well, not in a sound wave striking the tympanic menbrance, converted to electrical impulses and sent on to the brain to be deciphered sorta' way.

Thine comment WAS read and mental images of thine words were "heard" within the convoluted synapses snuggled comfortably within the cranial confines resting atop shoulders and spines and the backbone's connected to the pelvic girdle... etc etc etc.

Oh yeah.

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