Saturday, May 28, 2011

Explosion

For a station that can't seem to stop talking about its social networking prowess, SuxNews has brought an avalanche of Facebook hate-posts upon itself by canceling its "Fairytale Wedding" contest, just minutes before it was due to announce the results.

An alert reader reports:
So they cancelled the Fairytale wedding contest! Thanks to those who voted for my friends in the Omaha, Neb, fairytale wedding contest. They were legitimately winning, and with about 30 minutes remaining, the news director of the Faiytale wedding contest pulled the plug and posted this: WOWT noticed what appear to be patterns that are inconsistent with a normal vote in the Fairytale Wedding contest. We called in our IT professionals who confirmed our suspicions. We tried to solve the problem by using a third party app, but found concerns with that as well. Understandably, many of our loyal WOWT fans have expressed concerns about the integrity of the contest. We understand their frustration and have decided to pull the contest completely. We feel that at this point, there is no way to award the prize fairly. We want to thank everyone who participated and feel terrible that what was meant to be a fun contest has ended this way. We would like to do this contest again and are looking into other programs that offer a more restricted access. We will not run any future contests using the “like” button on the WOWT Facebook page. - Amy Adams, WOWT News Director What a scam!! There was cheating going on, but I don't agree with how it was handled. Outright cancelling the contest is not a solution. Their facebook page is exploding with hatemail right about now... I'm so disappointed for my friends who were winning down to the wire and would have had $14k in wedding services donated for the big day. WOWT Fail. http://www.facebook.com/wowt6
Classic work from a station that just can't seem to get anything right. It'll be interesting to see if they keep running promos exhorting viewers to visit their Facebook page (or "Face-bick," if you're Maltard Maddox).

It adds even more irony than usual to the phrase "The News You Trust," doesn't it?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bland

A key cog in Channel Sux's collection of charisma-challenged reporters and anchors, weekend newsreader Ann McIntire appears to be vying to replace Maltard Maddox on the station's "Daybreak" program when the latter succeeds Tracy Madden as lead female anchor on June 6th.

Anchoring Friday's 5 p.m. blabbercast, McIntire informed viewers that, due to flooding along the Missouri River,
"additional [city] parks may need to be closed, if necessary."

Being able to deliver that kind of line would seem to give the mousy McIntire a decided edge as the station looks for someone to giggle and toss out trite remarks in response to co-anchor Jimmy Thiedlecki's desperate (and loud and just plain sad) attempts to prove how smart he is.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Compass?

Leave it to Maltard. This morning, she warned viewers about a traffic accident in "North O."

The location? 48th and Giles. (See "A" on map below.)

Just one more example of the two dimwits anchoring that "show" (as they call it) simultaneously pretending to know it all and showcasing their profound ignorance.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Jumping

An alert reader offers an uncorroborated report that Tracy Madden is leaving SuxNews, with her last broadcast scheduled for June 2nd.

According to this tip, weatherguesser/self-appointed lifestyle advisor Andrea Rich and an unidentified photojournalist are packing their bags, as well.

The cause in these and other recent cases is said to be extreme disdain for management, particularly news director Amy Adams

This will almost certainly mean a promotion to main anchor for congenitally vacuuous morning anchorette Maltard Maddox, who displays all the knowledge and gravitas of a second-string high school cheerleader. Jimmy Siedlecki must be jealous, knowing that he's stuck on the morning show and barking his "Burglaries and Break-ins" schtick at viewers.

Maddox seems likely to cling to that gig until her features start to sag in a decade or so and her weight inches upward at which time she'll be given the boot for whatever giggling dimwit they have waiting in the wings.

Meanwhile, J-Pa Knicely remains at the desk, apparently blissfully unaffected by the place collapsing around him.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Dead

Sure that that they could do a much better job of informing Omahans about a breaking international news story, Channels 3rd and Sux cut off network coverage of Osama Bin Laden's death at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Channel 3rd zipped quickly to local news. SuxNews opened with anchor Tracy Madden repeating what we already knew about the Bin Laden story, as if she were speaking to first graders, while John Knicely stumbled and bumbled his way through a succession of half-sentences in a futile attempt to add something of value. He failed.

As they spoke, viewers were reminded that "The News You Trust" needs to get a copy of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (or Reader Rabbit). Station graphics announced, for example, that "Osbama bin Laden has been killed." (Thanks to alert reader and frequent commenter "Dumb Anguish" for the catch.)

Luckily for local viewers, Channel 7 stuck with its network feed for an additional 30 minutes, during which time ABC reporters at the White House and the Pentagon offered numerous additional details about the U.S. Special Forces raid that led to Bin Laden's demise.

On the other hand, anyone watching 3rd or Sux learned that Berkshire Hathaway's annual gathering continued on Sunday, a local barista got to play bridge with Bill Gates, the Omaha Storm Chasers lost, and Husker safety Eric Hagg was the 248th player selected in the NFL draft.

So you can see why they needed to cut in on the network feed.
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