Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Local Outlets Stage "Phone-It-In Tuesday"

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?

11 comments:

Hosh said...

My wife and I love watching 6 on weekends just to see what non-anchor errors will appear. They are generally good for one every other minute during the broadcast.

Sean Weide said...

Something sorely missing from Tuesday night's line-up of reporter packages was one which had a tremendous impact on a large amount of viewers: the Cox Communications Internet outage.

Some technology-based businesses lost half a day of productivity. People who called Cox with questions were stymied by a less-than-adequate call response center. I'm guessing none of the newsrooms have Cox as their service provider or they would have recognized the magnitude of this situation.

barefoot_fairy said...

I can tell you first-hand that it was a slow news day for the KETV newsroom.

joeygrisgris said...

Two earth shaking stories that were reported on channel 7 within the last 24 hours, that bear mention. First, a water main break....in Dallas. Second, as I am typing this, interviews with people coming out of the theater in Council Bluffs after having seen the new Superman movie. Whats next? Susan Deyo's first hand account of hemmeroid treatments?

Matt_X said...

I saw that hemeroid report:

KETV Newswatch 7 was the only crew at the scene when the dingleberries slowly infected the anus, creating the hemeroid. We were there when the doctor prescribed a healing ointment that worked to relieve the burning discomfort of the hemeroid.

Farah Fazal is standing by live within the sphincter (as part of our KETV Newswatch 7 live team coverage), for a complete report.

Farah?

operationseng said...

Sad to say I didn't even realize that there was a Cox internet outage until I read the newspaper.

Get with it guys!!! Isn't television supposed to beat the newspaper all hollow because the information gets to the viewer faster? Hah! What a pathetic joke television news has become in Omaha!

The only possible ray of light is Action 3. As for the other two, well, needless to say I have just stopped watching and I hope the rest of you will do the same. I thnk it is time, as viewers, we show 6 and 7 that we actually want local news, not happy chat or some stupid investigation on what the neighbor's cat did last night. Also, it would be nice to lose a few of these mindless medical reports. If I want advice on medicine and medical technology, I'll see my doctor, thank you very much.

To 6 and 7 I just have to say; please, please, please start doing more local news. Omaha is a big enough city that there is always something going on. Action 3 has proven that fact with "ten minutes of" local news and weather. Thank you Action 3 for your change in format. You other two better listen up or you will find yourselves seriously behind in the ratings game.

damnyankee said...

Does anyone truly believe Fubar can pronounce "sphincter"?

Matt_X said...

I was hoping someone else was going to pick up Farah's report where I left off...

joeygrisgris said...

Sorry Matt....I did my part....it's Fubar making an ass of herself...again.

rickoxo2 said...

Does anyone think that Suzanne Deyo is on the I-Team as punishment, or am I the only one? I'm not saying that she is great, but seriously, she is the only one that I think I can take a serious news report from. The rest of them should get in line for Brian McFadden's KXVO gig.

gerrishnut said...

Farah and Man "NEE" Koo" go to White Castle"

Great Movie.

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