Thursday, June 29, 2006

KETV's Other Disaster: Laura Liggett

There are times when we wonder if KETV hasn't outsourced its hiring to WOWT.

The well-documented joke that is Farah "Fubar" Fazal is Exhibit A. Exhibit B is Laura Liggett.

Liggett is nearly as awful as Fubar, only considerably easier to watch and with a more pleasant voice, which is great, as long as you don't want any information.

Near the end of the 5 p.m. newscast on Thursday, anchors Rob McCartney and Julie Cornell threw it to Liggett, who was reporting on the grass fire in Council Bluffs. Delivering her report from the shoulder of a busy road, the L-Train(wreck) babbled for at least 60 seconds, unable to put together even one sentence without stumbling or having to resort to reading whatever notes she was clutching.

The only more desperate performance we've seen on Channel 7 is Exhibit C: morning traffic reporter Jana Murrell's daily struggle to remember the two items she has written on her pink index card while gesturing stiffly in the general direction of the greenscreen map behind her.

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to see a mentally retarded person doing a traffic report, Murrell offers a pretty good approximation. And for an idea of what it might be like to see a 17-year-old with an 8th grade vocabulary doing live shots, keep an eye out for the L-Train(wreck).

8 comments:

RogerJohnson said...

I just want to say it is awesome having this blog back

Matt_X said...

Kind of gives new meaning to riding the "L" train..

Sorry, I couldn't resist

Damon Scott Hynes said...

Totally ignored by the media (including the W-H) was the cause of the fires, and what liability the Iowa Interstate Railroad has in all of this. Not sexy enough and can't be resolved in five minutes of on-air "Um...uhhh", I guess.

And the networks that covered it should be ashamed for another reason--the video I saw sure didn't appear to be photogenic to me. Even Randby had to reach--"You look on our Sky Cam...depending on your television you might see something off to the east..."

Innocent Bystander said...

How on earth does Liggett find time to delve into each assignment given to her, all while single-handedly keeping eBay in business and watching the Cartoon Network? I think a gold star or at least a smiley face on the cork board of “Laura’s Weekly Achievements” is appropriate.

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tomfan said...

well ketv had to let all of the reporters leave who knew how to handle there jobs....wonder how much money they are saving having these new reporters in instead?

navin_johnson said...

Why is KETV doing this to this girl? She obviously can not handle this job. Or simply doesn't care enough to prepare for a story or even take a remote interest in it. Did anyone see her break out into laughter during an arson story this weekend? Does she know she is on tv at all? Pull the plug KETV she is not getting it, you're not a finishing school. She is a lovely girl- she should work at the Gap or something...

husker80 said...

I don't think Traffic Jana is THAT bad, especially when compared to the Chubby Niece doing the weather. Besides the CONSTANT reminders of how you should dress for the day, there's the incesant use of the word "decent," constant stammering, and the slurring of S's, as in "mapsh" and "shnow."

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