Posted: November 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

So, I turn on the 6 o’clock news here in LA on Monday night.  We regularly watch the ABC station, Channel 7.   The news anchors are doing play-by-play of a police pursuit through Santa Monica.  I switch to the CBS station, Channel 2. Same story. And it’s the same story on Channel 4, the NBC station.

            It was a police chase at about 50 miles an hour;  the CHP was after a guy who apparently was speeding! And they call this news in Los Angeles. It is shameful and embarrassing. But it’s not unusual.

            America’s second largest TV market spends more time covering crime than any market I’ve seen. It’s lazy, it’s cheap, it’s sleazy and it’s standard practice here. 

           At 11 p.m. they called it “relatively uneventful,” in a story that got about a 20-second voice-over on the late news.

            These TV stations – and the audience that tolerates this dreck – deserve every one of the shots they take from Saturday Night Live.







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