I hard heart this video, not because of how it exhibits our country’s intense sense of unease and paranoia in this post-9/11, post Faisal Shahzad era, but for its demonstration of the nature of local television journalism:
via GawkerTV and (former) roommate Brittany
Get to the news chopper! I know local teevee newscasts are typically a bit more … how can I say this delicately… dramatic … than your average written news recap, and it has been my impression that the local televised news market in Jamlando is even more intensely competitive (and tabloidy) than elsewhere in the country.
Notice how long they kept the chopper hovering above the school, all, apparently, in the interest of bringing you a close-up view of what exactly it sounds and looks like when a plush toy is blowed up with high-grade explosives. Which, by the way, looks exactly like what you would imagine, and appeals to the same pleasure centers of the brain as this.
My question is: what’s the appropriate amount of time to keep your news chopper in the air after you realize a news event is a false alarm? You’ll notice at the end the chopper continues to circle the building after the incident has been defused (destuffed? deponied?).
I don’t know, but the idea of a news organization that has the budget to chew through on bonus helicopter footage while my old newspaper took away the EZ Pass like toll transponders for reporters makes my veins twitch. And the kicker in all this: they wait till the end to show how the toy pony was found in between a school and a playground. My headline: Trojan Farce.
I will award 100 journalism points to the person who finds and interviews the child that toy belonged to.