Broken News

Note to radio and television news broadcasters, the life of any breaking news item is at best fifteen minutes to an hour, any longer than that it will start to seem excessive, in this age of Trump, a breaking news item can last as long as a whole week, after which the most loyal news hound, myself included, begin to wonder, is this the same old story with a new missed spin or not and how many times I have heard this story reported before it starts to stale and die on the vine, as boredom takes a upfront seat, that can then easily be labeled fake news. Don’t think I’m exaggerating but I’ve seen the breaking news banner stay locked on the television screen though out the life of a half hour local news broadcast, then go on to become the lead story on the network news program that followed. Japanese broadcasters have found a cure all for the breaking news malaise with the banner, ‘developing story’, that I guess can be employed with reference to the same story for a month or more without becoming repetitive. Anyone watching a regularly scheduled news broadcast will always find items not known, that is the nature of a news broadcast that is as it’s supposed to be, news, unknown news, is news, but for items to be labeled breaking news, as the boy hoax lying crying wolf it will soon lose all its urgency and bite, and be ignored as if it was never or ever was breaking news…

From Spicer to Scaramucci

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned, not sure after spending the last six months being the mouth piece of this American President grooms him for another position like this one since few would require being well schooled in the expertise the verbal art of the descriptive dodge. As for incoming fifty-three-year-old, Anthony Scaramucci, who seems to have started dyeing his hair way before allowing this job to gray it in plain sight.

Tap or Bottled?

Once a week, on Thursdays, a convoy of heavy duty trucks can be seen clogging up parking lots outside most high-rise buildings employing a cadre of mostly men wheeling hand trucks making their way to weekly deliveries of large amounts of heavy bottled water to the enclosed tenants, sometimes at great expense to some that cannot readily afford the extra expense of the personally delivered disinfected H2O being provided free of charge or minimally by city government. Also, since 1950, added fluoride, a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay in children, I’m not certain that it’s a part of the content in all purchased bottled water. Are these high-rise buildings located in some remotely arid, parched, water deprived land somewhere way out in the hinterland, no, in the heart of New York City? So, what do these weekly purchasers of bottled water know that the rest of us don’t, nothing, nothing at all, except having been heavily marketed to by doomsayers without any verifiable proof of an impending water calamity either present, past or future.

The Maddow-O’Donnell Undertaking

How do I know when I see the microorganism growth of conscientious news programing, well it came to me watching some of the daily hand-offs of the Rachel Maddow Show to Lawrence O’Donnell’s Last Word at the Midnight re-broadcast? What MSNBC needs to do for the 9p regular time slot is rebrand that block The Maddow-O’Donnell News Hours, or at other times expand the hand-off discussion to fifteen minutes or as news warrants, maintaining the germ, integrity and separation of each program and staffs, again as news warrants, reorganizing the separate but equal news team’s strengths, stop the excessive display of clips at the mention of a name with one or two stills, kill the news crawl at the regular 9p time period, cut down on the on-screen banners if not killing them altogether, breaking news is only breaking news for so long, not forever, both are distractions, improved changes are in order and way overdue…

Dear Sir, More Trump Please…

Just in case anyone has forgotten what the President of the United States looks like can look forward in the next few days to find that all the cable news outlets will be running hundreds, no make that thousands of clips and still images of him that will be married to current news stories, even more, I fear than they did during the last presidential campaign…

Its Just News

I overheard some avid local television news viewers, say why they stopped watching a news program, because some of the on-air men were bald, some with a thinning hair line or wore cheap looking hair pieces, some of the on-air women were old and haggard looking with aging gray hair. So, the very next day, switched to a news program that featured handsome Hollywood type men some with full bodied blond hair, women that looked like somebody’s trophy wife or a little like a busty super model with straight shoulder length hair with a part in the middle. Blond dyed streaking female ethnics, not notable for blond hair with pouting greasy red lips. No mention can be made of the excellent writing or the outstanding news reporting on the switched news program, since there was none of that, after all, it was reasoned, appearance is everything on a news program, content is just as good as the best window dressing that money can buy or some equivalence there of…

Dear Mr. Hannity

Today on Sean Hannity’s radio show he engaged in one of the oldest tricks in the book of deceit by playing past statements that some Senators made years ago to support of their vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act as being in contradiction to their intention to vote no on TrumpCare. My dear Mr. Hannity, have you not ever heard of the phrase, “that was then, this is now”, I pause for a reply…