The W.C. Fields School of Television Journalism

I emailed one network to tell them watching their reporting this week was so ridiculous it reminded me of every comedy skit where a storm is depicted by someone off stage flinging heaping buckets of water or snow at a person onstage.  

the storm coverage went from heroic during harvey to idiotic during irma.  apparently there was no news for the last four days worth mentioning.  

maybe we should hire half the world to continuously throw buckets of water and snow on the other half of the world as it seems to keep us so occupied nothing at all worth mentioning happens.  

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Comment by koshersalaami on September 11, 2017 at 3:48pm

It would be news if the cameramen and reporters didn't notice the wind was strong enough to throw around an SUV. Coconuts, branches, assorted sharp litter, sure. An airborne SUV would make great television, very Wizard Of Oz. 

Regarding Santana, I'm clearly getting old. The body that got my attention was red with a PRS headstock. Damned thing sounded great. 

I got a tour of the PRS factory in Annapolis years ago, given by PRS because I worked with a wood shop he wanted to hire to build amplifier cabinets. He was flaky and brilliant. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on September 11, 2017 at 4:54pm

"opportunistic tart"?  Heh.  I might get that engraved on my headstone.  

BTW, did you know that the uber sexy "fan chick", in the black camisole & panties, was Rob Thomas' wife Marisol?   Her "headstock" beats anything and I bet I could get her to sound great too.  LOL

Comment by nanatehay on September 11, 2017 at 6:46pm

Yep. And see, this is why, after I'd got past the initial withdrawal symptoms, I have never regretted blowing up my TV several years ago.  Ironically enough though, it is raining right now in Oakland! I heard a clap of thunder up on the hills earlier, and enough rain drops fell to make the patio almost slightly damp!

Sadly, folks here aren't used to water falling from the sky this time of year, so when I walked down to the corner store a few minutes ago I saw several car wrecks, a squad car burning in the middle of the intersection and looters running a muck up and down High Street. Where's a hawt, slicker-clad, breathlessly wordy cable news reporter chick when you need one, eh?

Comment by nanatehay on September 11, 2017 at 7:37pm

Marisol... I think Rob wrote this one for her

Comment by Steel Breeze on September 12, 2017 at 6:01am

the only coverage i get is from the radio......and it rarely has any semblance of whats on the boob toob...

Comment by Anna Herrington on September 12, 2017 at 8:06am

I commented on Rodney's post about fear mongering that this was historic storm, the human-made bits of the Caribbean were decimated, it's right after Harvey, so I get the 'need' for the reporters' rush and all but there really were some ridiculous moments. We don't have TV but watched through YouTube some live coverage for a few.... and hated it. The never-ending camera rolling seems just as much the issue than anything else, they have to fill the time and say anything, anything more, leading to exaggeration and spontaneous bad ideas that could have turned highly dangerous if not lethal any second.... so many idiots in the line of possible flying debris/roofs, even.

Can't remember which station it was supposed to be, NBC, maybe, MSNBC, maybe...? but the guy is getting battered with rain and wind straight toward his face, the storm is just 'boring' in the background, then the anchor in the nice dry studio says, maybe turn the camera to see the wildly swinging stoplights there to your right - the guy turns left - "to your *right*" repeats the anchor, trying not to laugh, and the reporter again turns to his left and starts talking about the spotlights, not stoplights. SO BAD. The rain still lashing the poor guy, they didn't even think about wind direction when setting up the camera.... eventually the camera person goes rogue and films stoplights swinging. WOOOO.....

The worst to me was the general feeling the reporters were disappointed there wasn't a horrible localized event happening right in front of them while the camera was rolling, no dead bodies floating by, no storm surge sweeping away families while the camera was rolling....

Yeesh, the storm was bad enough - and Florida really got relatively lucky compared to the Caribbean....

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