Where are the obvious transitions, the segues that TV news loves so much?
I’ve seen them so strained that while anchoring a newscast I once refused to read a segue that went from Thanksgiving dinner to a double fatal car accident. It went something like this, “One local family will not be enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner because they were killed while driving south on I-15.” Yes — not this year’s dinner, or next year’s or the year after. Producers in newsrooms consider it an art to be able to tie stories together so that the viewers can feel the “flow” of a newscast. Many producers take great delight in being able to tie stories together that have no natural tie. Yes, we have all seen new anchors strain at trying to tie stories together.
Now the strain is to totally ignore the perfect segue.
I’ve been waiting patiently to see one of the net’s do this Blizzard Of 2010 story and follow it with …” Meanwhile, President Obama is in Hawaii playing his 4th or 5th round of golf during his vacation.” Hummmmm. Haven’t seen that yet.
Note: For such a view, one has to travel outside the Obamedia's hermetically sealed ideological box, to a still-free press elsewhere. For instance, see the Telegraph (UK) : "Barack Obama's family holiday in Hawaii is reportedly costing at least $1.5 million as mainland America is battered by storms" -- and the similarly critical opinion of Nile Gardiner that "Barack Obama... lacks true grit in the face of America's enemies."
Good Morning America had both the snow story and an Obama story in their opening segment on Monday, but they painfully put a story about stolen fertility eggs between Storm Watch2010 and Obama’s support of Michael Vick. A natural transition lost, or intentionally avoided. Do not believe things like this happen by accident. Placement of stories are carefully considered to give a newscast the flow that they so badly want. In this case, flow was ignored to protect Dear Leader.
The same media that blasted George W. Bush every time there was a wildfire out west, is giving full cover for Obama who is either body surfing in the bay or lining up a 15 foot putt while Americans from the mid-west to the east coast are slip sliding away and hoping they can dig out by spring.
This kind of bias is the most difficult to prove and thus the toughest to spot, but you know it when you see it (or don’t see it) ....
[Segue to] Politico on what we don't see of Obama in Hawaii:
President Barack Obama signs H.R. 847, the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act” in Kailua, Hawaii, Jan. 2, 2011 ...
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