Monday, May 02, 2011


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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