November 13, 2003

What at 11:00?

I watched the Jessica Lynch interview the other night. Her situation does not need to be hashed out here yet again, though I will say that I agreed with her when she expressed the opinion that her story was overexposed and used:

They used me as a way to symbolize all this stuff. It's wrong.
No matter what her opinions are, Ms. Lynch is much more interesting as a real person (judging from the interview) than as a news story or a made-for-TV movie.

But let me tell you what really pissed me off. During this interview, while we are hearing about the death of 11soldiers who were also involved in that ambush, the local ABC affiliate flashed the following message up on the screen: Nude Lynch Photos; New at 11:00.

What the hell were they thinking? I won't go into the story that they were trying to hook viewers in with, but this strikes me as one of the more exploitative uses of Lynch yet. While the national ABC is making a pretty decent attempt at telling Lynch's story in a non-sensational way, they caption her with a nude photo story. Not only that, but they make it sound like they're broadcasting the photos at 11!

I've been offended before by local news, but this is a new low. Or, if it isn't a new low, then there appears to be a lot of room at the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by James at November 13, 2003 12:43 PM
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I didn't watch that TV special. What's that behind the sensational Channel 6 caption? Cassiopeia?

Posted by: Mike at November 13, 2003 1:01 PM

That kinda does look like Cassiopia. Heh.

Posted by: James at November 13, 2003 1:42 PM

Good old channel 6. Not surpising they've been the broadcast equivalent of a tabloid for a long time. I'd recommend tuning in Boston's channel 5 if you can if you want to watch ABC (ah the benefits of not having cable)

Posted by: Bob at November 13, 2003 4:15 PM

I just realized something. I only watch news on 6 now because it's ABC (channel 5 is okay but 6 has better coverage of New Bedford). I had totally forgotten until today: long ago, pre-Florida, I used to watch channel 12 news (when it was ABC). I considered channel 6 news to be the absolute worst. I called them the Fire News Channel because any time they ran out of things to talk about they would cover some local fire, even if it was very puny, and try to find crying people to put on camera.

Apparently, sex is the new fire.

Funny that channel 64 gets their news from 12 and not from 6. I would think 6 would be better suited to a Fox affiliate. :) Then again, I haven't seen the news on 12 at all - maybe it is worse!

Posted by: julie at November 14, 2003 11:42 AM

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