Even the most forgiving viewer might have been hard pressed to find evidence of anyone really trying on Tuesday's 10 p.m. newscasts. Examples?
• Channel 7 devoted early moments of its cast to two non-stories. The first centered on a kid being lost for about an hour. The reporter said that "everyone" found the little rascal, causing us to picture more of a mob scene than was probably present. The second story—by the same reporter—uncovered a shocking fact: many fireworks are flimsily constructed! Guess who the reporter was. (Hint: KETV management is said to have defended this dolt's continuing on-air presence by claiming that she's "getting better." Talk about damning with feint praise.)
• Over at Channel 6, it was one of those "monkeys in the control room" nights. At least four times in two minutes, the screen went black for a second or two. It cames on the heels of several weekend newscasts that were riddled with similar gaffes, not to mention Paul Baltes pronouncing the word "gyroscopes" as if he were getting advice from the guy in the King Kong gyros ads.
All this might not have bothered us so much had we not been turning onto L Street from 108th at about four on Tuesday afternoon and looked over to see Channel 3's King of Tools, Travis Justice, bleating into his cell phone from the driver's seat of his sporty black convertible. Where's a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher when you really need one?