Posted - 9/23/2012 7:51:22 PM | show profile | flag this post
Please, no more local coverage of the white house candidates when they are stumping in your market. This is NOT news people! And no one is impressed when your prime time anchor goes "one-on-one" with the president. You guys are being used a pawns by the sales department as a pay back for the time buy. PATHETIC
Posted - 9/24/2012 1:39:01 AM | show profile | flag this post
Are you saying if a Presidential candidate came to my town tomorrow, all the TV stations should ignore it?
Is the election settled with 43 days to go? Really?
Posted - 9/30/2012 12:40:54 PM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
Maybe they're just bored with it all. I believe it's a story that can't be ignored.
Posted - 9/30/2012 3:38:54 PM | show profile | flag this post
yes, they are being used.
and in some cases, even told what to ask.
but when you're offered a sitdown with the President, even if it's 5 minutes, are you supposed to say no?
especially when you know that if you do, the station across the street will say yes?
so many things in TV news are more about the appearance than the actual quality of content.
I think this is one more.
Posted - 9/30/2012 5:55:42 PM | show profile | flag this post
We are being used.
We are ALMOST ALWAYS being used by some organization, team, fund, person or cause that wants to get it's message out.
You do not refuse an interview with the POTUS or with his challenger when they come to your town.
Instead, as a journalist, you make up your mind NOT to be used. That means that you ask the tough questions. AND, if you get an original answer, guess what???????
It becomes news.
Posted - 10/1/2012 1:54:31 PM | show profile | flag this post
Good point, stopbs.....
If news didn't cover anyone with an agenda, it'd be weather, sports and PSAs
|EDitor in NJ||
Posted - 10/1/2012 7:23:22 PM | show profile | email poster | flag this post
Spanish TV network did it
The Spanish TV network's Noticeiro Univision scewered Pres. Obama with super-tough questions from anchor Jorge Ramos.
I've never seen Obama so tongue tied---his facial expression and stuttered answers made him look like he was asking himself: "Who the hell thought that THIS gig would be so tough."
Posted - 10/2/2012 4:39:59 AM | show profile | flag this post
Being used by "sports."
Our colleague rodrustrules wrote:
"If news didn't cover anyone with an agenda, it'd be weather, sports and PSAs."
Did you ever think that we were being used by the owners of the sports teams, and the sports industry? Of course we are -- we're being used 24/7 to promote their games, to promote their leagues, and to promote their athletes and sponsors.
We cover games and that boosts ticket sales.
We broadcast live from "Joe's Plumbing Stadium" and you know that Joe's Plumbing paid for the naming rights to the stadium knowing darn well it would be on TV and in the newspaper after every game -- and during them too.
Every sports story we put on the news is nothing but a commercial. What's funny is that we can't report on the deals at WalMart without being accused of pandering to WalMart, but it's okay to talk about the exciting game that's coming up on Sunday and how Joe Quarterback is ready, and Coach Experience has a new game plan to beat Team Dollars from Texas.
The sports industry has us in their laps.
Posted - 10/2/2012 1:52:24 PM | show profile | flag this post
the pros and big college teams would sell just as many tickets and be just as successful with or without Local Eyewitness NewsChannel 58 running a VO/SOT on them.
if anything, you need them more than they need you.
and they may play at (Corporate Name Here) Stadium but you're under no obligation to say that on air.
Posted - 10/7/2012 1:37:51 PM | show profile | flag this post
Great job Univision. Has anyone else shown the nads to step up? NO ! Randy Reporter - stop being so impressed with yourself and ask real questions and push to get real answers. The politicos make you look stupid when they dodge your questions.
Posted - 10/7/2012 7:14:04 PM | show profile | flag this post
Are you kidding?
Obama made it to my town in 2008 and the coverage was nuts as it should have been. McCain completely ignored the area and he won the state easily. If he showed up it would have been a zoo as well. It's called NEWS...It's what we (supposedly) do!
Posted - 10/8/2012 11:53:55 AM | show profile | flag this post
Did you even understand the nature of my post?
Posted - 10/9/2012 7:57:17 AM | show profile | flag this post
When I worked in small markets...
When I worked in small markets we always had two questions for the candidates who dropped in:
1. what are you going to do for the people of THIS area?
2. what do you see as the #1 problem in our area? (and if they get it right, you pump for answers. and if they get it wrong you tell 'em what the real issue is).
And then there is always the "no win" question that every candidate hates. I asked Jimmy Carter this -- first question -- in a sit down interview. "Should abortion on demand be allowed?"
Posted - 10/28/2012 9:03:10 AM | show profile | flag this post
As to asking a candidate the question "what do you see as the #1 problem in our area? (and if they get it right, you pump for answers. and if they get it wrong you tell 'em what the real issue is)."
How in the practice of journalism can you justify the reporter telling his subject his answer was wrong and then correcting him with the 'right' answer? By whose standard does the answer for which issue is most pressing arrived at? This question by it's nature asking for an opinion.
Posted - 10/29/2012 8:53:35 PM | show profile | flag this post
You take things too literally, sir.
Of course you're not going to say, "you baboon, you screwed up that answer big time."
No, you'll say something like...
"one of our big concerns here is that the big factory down the road still hasn't brought back those 800 workers laid off two years ago, and they say the reason is...."
Or, you might say....
"our homeowners are tapped out with local property taxes, and we just can't afford another tax hike no matter where it comes from."
Care to rephrase your response Tomias?
Posted - 10/30/2012 10:40:40 AM | show profile | flag this post
'Tell 'em the right answer'
No, I won't bother rephrasing since you stepped aside from the issue. I would have liked to see you back up your statement using the #2 question you yourself threw out as an example, that is what I called out...but I don't expect accountability here and I'm not disappointed.
Posted - 10/31/2012 4:34:03 AM | show profile | flag this post
Let me see if I have this correct? You are asking me to provide evidence of a hypothetical example? Well my friend, hypothetically I can.
Posted - 11/9/2012 12:39:56 AM | show profile | flag this post
So your example is 'hypothetical'? I take that to mean you don't have any real life scenarios from which to draw from.
No thank you. Don't bother. Unless you want to try to justify your post about how you used to interview political figures.
Posted - 11/9/2012 1:03:18 AM | show profile | flag this post
Presidents I've Interviewed
Posted - 11/9/2012 6:17:44 AM | show profile | flag this post
Wow! you must be famous!!!!
Don't want to respond to your issue (BS), just say so.
P.S...an industry rep of posting on TVSPY not too cool. Trying to brag about yourself here on TVSPY very uncool.
Posted - 11/9/2012 6:29:21 AM | show profile | flag this post
....I had no idea you were a geezer. I try to be nice to the aged. They really have no idea of themselves outside of work....poor folks were taught young that what they worked at career wise was all that they could be and ever will be, nothing more. No Bush Jr.? No Obama? Jeesh, what happened? Non-linear editing and alternative media get to be too much?
No, don't reply. Your an ass and you know it.
Posted - 11/11/2012 3:46:48 AM | show profile | flag this post
Yep. I'm an old geezer ass.
And you can't work at my company.
Posted - 11/12/2012 9:15:24 PM | show profile | flag this post
Tomias, your an ...
At least use proper grammar if YOU'RE going insult someone with pedestrian language. Do you also drive in the passing lane and refuse to get over when there's 10 cars behind you? I see a profile here
Posted - 11/13/2012 12:33:24 AM | show profile | flag this post
When you wrote, "when there's 10 cars behind you" I think you should have written "when there are 10 cars behind you."
Posted - 11/15/2012 5:27:21 AM | show profile | flag this post
Who is asking? Not I.
If I take messages as written too literal it is because words are supposed to spell out their intent with clarity. If one makes a hypothetical declarative it should be prefaced as such. File that away for next time. No charge. Your not welcome.
@JustanAss: you wrote "No I can't work for your company."
Again, your assumption makes you an ass.
Then again, your company is likely to be hypothetical. If that's the case I would hypothetically shut down what ever cardboard box you are doing business out of just to teach you some manners.
Why the ill will? Because you write what you can't back up. After all, with all those executive interviews, you could not wring out one real life case study as to: (in your words) "if they get it wrong you tell 'em what the real issue is."
The issue is yours and it is found wanting.
@billybum: Yeah right, a typo or misspelling negates any reasoning or common sense inherent in a message. Not.