I HAVE BREAKING NEWS…THE NEWS IS BROKEN!

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The lead story on the Channel 6 news (Miami) last night was about a 52-year-old man who, after several days being the subject of a massive manhunt, was found and arrested.

There was extensive coverage from Chopper 6 when the cops were in pursuit after finally spotting their man. He, by the way, was attempting to get away on a motor scooter which was obviously no match for a gazillion siren-blaring suped-up cop cars.

Then, there were the customary students-on-the-sidewalk interviews with those who attended the local university campus where the crime was committed. There were references to the situation as “creepy” and “weird.”

Of course, the brief footage of the perp being escorted into the Broward Jail was shown at least 4 or 5 times.  I was happy they repeated it so often. It gave me time to count the number of squares in the chain link fence surrounding the entrance.

The coverage went on for quite some time but, deservedly so…after all, it was the lead story on Channel 6 last night. I thought the pretty people who sit at the news anchor desk did a pretty good job of introducing the various coverage elements of the story and they segued well from one source to the other. The “field” reporter who was there covering every aspect of the story also did a commendable job dramatizing the entire event as if there might be a Tony award for performance in the future. Yep, all the details were thoroughly explained and the presentation went smoothly with no technical hiccups or missed cues. Don’t you just love contemporary news coverage, especially when it’s breaking news?  Oh wait, nowadays all the television stations label all their news as breaking…at least it seems that way.

I got to thinking about the days I worked in the news industry. Those were exciting times for me. I was even once trapped driving a marked news car on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.  during a day dedicated to demonstration against the war in Vietnam.  There I was with a mob of students surrounding me and stomping on the hood and then some of them jumping up and down on the roof and shaking the car from side to side.   Ah, those were the days when  covering a good anti-war demonstration in the nation’s capital got your adrenaline flowing while your pulse commenced popping the buttons off your shirt.  Talk about breaking news!

Of course, I had great role models to fashion my career after. Folks like Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite just to mention two. Come to think of it, I bet these guys would have found Channel 6’s journalistic efforts last night to be quite…ah quite….quite….well, I really can’t quite speak for them.

Oh, I almost forgot. I did fail to mention what the lead story was all about on last night’s news on Channel 6 in Miami. How stupid of me. And I call myself a former journalist. Hmmmm.

Well, it seems this guy who was putt-putting down the highway on his motor scooter with a line of cop cars behind him in hot pursuit; this same social outcast we were treated to seeing enter the Broward County Jail 4-5 times, was allegedly guilty of a singular offense, something no doubt he will never do a second time…well, we certainly hope not. Oh, did I fail to mention he was a “sniffer?”   Well, there you have it. I let the big news story slip out. This beast who allegedly represents the human quagmire we call society, I mention again, was arrested for a one-time only offense. He was seen hiding under a table, sniffing a woman’s foot. Thank God he wasn’t a serial sniffer. I suppose then Channel 6 would have gone into non-stop, wall-to-wall continuous coverage of this critically important story–ah, excuse me, breaking news story.

Yep, old Ed and Walter…and me for that matter, have to give the news team at Channel 6 a lot of credit. Those guys—and gals—sure have a nose for news.

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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2 Responses to I HAVE BREAKING NEWS…THE NEWS IS BROKEN!

  1. Yeah, I read about it. Even here in L.A. But of course, it’s not that he did or didn’t offend. It’s that the “news” saw fit to report it when and how it did. In what we’d term “the old days,” this story might have been relegated to human interest, if considered at all. Gives new meaning to the term “The Giant Wasteland.” You’re in the 16th largest media market in the US, here in L.A. we’re in the 2nd, sadly, it’s no better at all. “The Local News” has become today, by our yesteryear standards, a misnomer for what we used to call a news broadcast. Now it’s mostly just a circus of exaggeration and the weird, with over made-up personalities at its helm. Somehow this has become the module for ratings. And I am truly amazed how easily people forget and viewers buy into this momentum of crap, junk food for the mind, that they are being fed. You can tell, this is a pet peeve for me. Good article on something that’s not mentioned nearly enough, Mark. Thanks.

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  2. Civilization has advanced to this. Guy was probably a law school graduate.

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