Thursday, May 8, 2014

The TV Media

     I have commented a couple of times about things local TV news anchors & others state during a broadcast. Here are a few I saw and/or heard the last week or so:
1) Dave Headrick I think is his name KSL/NBC; stay tuned for NBC news with Brian William (it's Williams)
2) Jesse Waters on FOX news; the VA uses an antiquated paper records system. Totally false. The VA is the largest user of electronic record keeping in the U.S.. The software is over 20 years old though
3) After the SCOTUS said a city council in Greece did not violate the separation of church & state by opening meetings with a  prayer by clergy, KUTV/CBS anchor stated that council members could now pray if they wanted to.
4) CBS, FOX & NBC have  all referred to Secretary Eric Shinseki as General Shinseki. Yes he retired from the Army while serving as the CSA. I always thought that a cabinet secretary was considered a higher honor than a flag officer.
     There were many more, but with my memory these are the ones I posted today.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Riding the V-Twin

     103 cubic inches with two wheels and Ember paint. Each time I get the chance or take the time out of my not so busy day I ride. Never very far, which is the down side of owning a touring motorcycle. Today with a stop at a Walton Mart for August Osage County blu ray was about 1:23 was quite nice. Weather was beautiful with just a slight breeze along the Mountain View Corridor Highway.
      I posted a photo on Instagram with a view of Mount Timpanogus.



     I watched American Hustle a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was a horrible motion picture for about an hour and :50 minutes. The movie was not good until the last 15 to 20 minutes. Does that make it a good movie or just a good ending?
     I am watching "August: Osage County" and I am thinking, hoping that this movie ends up the same way. Good, I hope. Thus far I can see why Meryl Streep & Julia Roberts were nominated for Oscars.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

PA stabbings

     Will the political left, the gun control folks, now want to ban large blade knives? Will they want to limit the age and call for background investigation of those who buy 6 inch plus knives?
     Time will tell!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

KSL TV News at Noon

     This may be the only post for today, but as I said yesterday it is amazing what they put on TV news casts.
     A Hip Hop or Rap musician put on some makeup to make himself look white. The tag line on the news stated something like "is he Raecist."  Just another example of how literate some people are and the failure of our educational system here in the great US of A.


     Next, what does that mean? Next has a new meaning that I doubt Webster or anyone that is part of the dictionary business would consider. Yesterday a local TV stations' weather man stated that the weather was next. Next, after that came the usual series of commercial spots. Next, after the ads came a story about potential changes to the rules for the board game Monopoly. Next, a story that focused on the weather the east and northeast areas of the US have been experiencing (I couldn't care less about the weather in the NE). After three segments came the "NEXT" part of the news, Weather. I haven't looked up the meaning of NEXT, but I don't think it means sometime in the upcoming time frame of a broadcast. Thanks Sterling.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The News

Have you ever sat watching the 4, 5, 6, 7 or later evening news and just shake your head saying to yourself "did you really just say that?"
I was watching a local weather broadcast and the guy states "and this storm just swooned by the lake and picked up strength". Swooned by, are you serious I said to myself.
 Then there is the editor of the scrolling stories at the bottom of the screen during newscasts. I am guessing that the position is an editor, I don't really know what the title is and it doesn't matter as a viewer. In the 3rd or 4th grade I learned that their, there and they're having different meanings. Apparently the first two words have the same meaning in local TV news.
Personally I find it humorous, but there is a serious side to the little mistakes made on local TV live broadcasts. Where did the person receive their education? How could you graduate from  a college or university if one of the most basic educational functions is grammar and word usage were not taught or you did not learn?
Look at the semiannual change in time for most of the US and some 70 or so other countries in the world, Daylight Saving Time. Not Daylight Savings Time. There is no savings incurred with time and daylight. I learned this long ago when a TV news anchor, Bob Gibson of KTVX, did an on air editorial about the use of the words Daylight Saving Time and Daylight Savings Time (the latter is not correct). Every March as the change is about to happen more broadcasters use the wrong term, and it does not matter if it is local or a national broadcast/cable/satellite channel.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Newtown CT shootings 12-14-2012

I'm very opinionated. I watch way too much news, primarily FOX news channel and some FOX business channel. Neil Cavuto and Stuart Varney being my favorite broadcasters. I also like Charles Payne (I hope that is how you spell his last name). What I haven't liked is the constant reporting on what all news managers think must be reported on relentlessly. If the same things are said at 9, 10, 11, 12, etc. you get what I am saying is over reported. News, real news isn't about the killings in society. Check the local news any evening or night, crime is almost always the leading stories and killings are almost always the story of crime that leads. Is that really news? News should be about the things that affect us as a population for more than a few nights. News is about how our governments, at all levels, taking away our rights as citizens.

An example: A man or woman is accused of a sexual crime against a minor. A horrible thing that should really have more severe punishment than most get. But even that previous sentence says guilty before the person has been convicted. My point! My point is also that person in some jurisdictions is now on a sex offenders list even if all charges prove to be false.
So much sensationalizing of the news. There is one channel here in SLC whose first 10 minutes covers more stories than any channel in history, they are like an old CNN HLN on steroids. The weather men and ladies shout at you like the commercials used to do as far as volume is concerned.
News now reflects the corporate values of the stations owners. Most news and this includes FNC & FBN focus on the corporate values not the journalism of my youth.
The people who right the news that the on air "journalists" read are truly some of the biggest intellectual midgets of our time. If you disagree that's fine, but watch the ticker at the bottom of news casts and you will understand more of my view. You will also understand if you have watched the coverage of the last few days. The on air personalities try so hard to show compassion for the victims but spend more time talking about the killer than any other topic. They soften their voices, they talk a little slower, they try to look a little different but it is mostly a show, a performance. However, this shooting of so many innocent children I believe did affect some broadcasters' emotions.

Cudos to Mike Huckabee of FNCs the Mike Huckabee show. The former governor of Arkansas said it more elegantly Saturday night than anyone has put it in years and years of print and broadcast news. A short paraphrase: The government, COURTS, forced GOD out of the public square and that is why we are at this place in time with so much senseless carnage to so many innocent people. Thou shalt not kill was taken out of the public schools and today more than ever we need that principle put back in the public school system.

One last thing about news people. Bob Gibson (channel 2 news (I think) in SLC in the 50's & 60's) once editorialized about sayings and phrases. He said it is "daylight saving time." There is no savings of light! All you mental midgets in high salary jobs.