Same Talking, Different Heads: How Not To Localize News

from the handed-the-same-envelope dept

If you haven't seen this short clip of a bunch of local TV newscasters all saying the exact same line about Conan O'Brien's officiating a same-sex marriage on stage in New York City during a show this week, it's really worth watching just for the mind-numbingly bizarre reaction you have to seeing so many newscasters all repeat the exact line: "Conan O'Brien may be about to push the envelope on late night television." Or, as O'Brien notes, watch as they each put "their own spin" on the news:
Honestly, it's hard not to watch that and think that all of the newscasters didn't receive the identical script. While the phrase is a common one, it's not that common that it would lead so many newscasters to all use the identical phrasing. It's possible these are all news affiliates from a single company, who were sent a basic script -- but, once again, this seems to highlight the growing irrelevance/ridiculousness of TV news these days. If you're just going to have 50 different newscasters all read the identical script, why not just have a single newscaster do it, and air it directly on all those other stations.

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Nov 2011 @ 1:15pm

    Local news is some of the worst TV news. My local news very often decides that pep rallies cheering for the sport teams and the weather are the only things worth reporting.

    I can tell just by looking out my window that it's snowing, I don't need to see reporters all around the area confirm to me that it's snowing.

    And if I want to watch a sports pep rally I can go to a sports pep rally, or buy cable or whatever to actually watch the national sports games the local teams are playing in.

    I rarely watch TV news anymore, since it's so heavily biased to shamelessly milk any conflict possible regardless of the facts. There was one time the news in my area were all heavily attacking the Catholic church for not taking allegations of priests molesting kids serious enough. Then the church finally reacted by temporarily suspending around 18 priests with pay while they investigated the allegations. Then the same news organizations made a big story about the Catholic church overreacting and wrongly accusing 18 priests of molesting kids (with the 'evidence' of wrong doing being catholic church goers saying "he couldn't possibly be a child molester", rather than actual investigative journalism proving they were innocent of all charges).

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