Tonight’s top news story … rain

My wife and I did something tonight we rarely do: watch the local news. I’m pretty sure I know why we never do now:

The coverage of the monsoon storms is borderline sensational. There’s definitely newsworthy points to be made: flooding, safety, closures, etc. But are we, as consumers of news, so taken by rain and storms at the expense of everything else going on in the world or the rest of the state? The channel we watched tonight (which shall go unnamed) must have shown live footage of rain/lightning at least five times throughout the broadcast. At a point, it feels patronizing. Look, we know it’s raining. Tell us something else.

I wonder if this happens in other cities.

3 Comments so far

  1. Steve (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    If it’s not “if it bleeds, it leads” night on the local news, it’s “if it rains, it reigns.”

    I’ve never seen this phenomenon anywhere else, but I’ve also lived here for 20 years and TV news reporting has changed a lot in that time.

    It is ridiculous, and even the news/talk radio stations fall victim to it.

    As you point out, I can understand if you’re talking about power outages, damage, giving tips to keep people safe, reporting localized flooding, etc., but after a while as a viewer, I find myself harkening back to SNL’s early days and Chevy Chase’s reports that told us “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still valiantly holding on in his fight to remain dead.”

  2. Libran Lover (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 3:58 pm

    Talking of local news, what is the deal with the correspondents reporting from the scene, HOURS after the incident has happened and passed? I mean, what is the need to have a correspondent report from the scene at 10 in the night, when the accident / murder / whatever happened there at 10 in the morning? I never understood this!

  3. Lloyd (unregistered) on July 28th, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

    I am just amused that right after you post this… every post on the blog is about the weather.

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