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‘Judging by Local News, There’s an Even Bigger Story That’s Sweeping the Nation’

In what has become a recurring segment on his late night show, Conan O’Brien poked fun at local newscasts using identical scripts, playing clips from several anchors reading the exact same line: “Don’t worry, be happy.”

“Some people think the top story tonight is President Obama’s State of the Union address or the upcoming Super Bowl. That’s what they think. But judging by local news, there’s an even bigger story that’s sweeping the nation,” O’Brien joked.

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Conan O’Brien Catches Local Anchors Using Identical Scripts (Again)

In what has become a recurring “Media Reacts” segment on his show, Conan O’Brien poked fun at using identical scripts in local newscasts across the country, playing clips of more than 20 anchors reading the exact same line about holiday shopping: “It’s okay, you can admit it if you’ve bought an item or two or ten for yourself.”

“Scary. I find it frightening,” O’Brien said (video above).

After Another ‘Conan’ Segment, WECT ND Calls Identical Scripts ‘Embarrassing’

Poynter takes a look at the origins of an identical script — about Mike Myers expecting another child — that was read by 29 anchors across the country. The video aired on “Conan,” with Conan O’Brien sarcastically noting, “local news found a really unique way to tell the story.”

WECT news director Scott Saxton said the line came from CNN News Source wire copy as part of a “Hollywood Minute” segment. “It was a bad representation of our station,” Saxton told Poynter. “It’s embarrassing and unacceptable, and we’ve addressed it within the team.”

This isn’t the first time O’Brien has called out local stations for using identical scripts: there was the story about the election, one about Hostess’ bankruptcy, another about Cyber Monday and even one about O’Brien himself.

Conan O’Brien Takes Aim at Local Anchors Again

First it was election scripts. Next it was copy on the Hostess bankruptcy. Now, for the third time this month, Conan O’Brien is taking aim at local anchors for using identical language to describe Cyber Monday sales.

“Local news outlets have been reporting on this big day, and each station has their own unique spin,” O’Brien said sarcastically on his late-night program Monday, introducing a video of anchors saying Cyber Monday sales can be enjoyed “from your desk or the couch” (video above).

News Anchors in ‘Trouble’ With Conan O’Brien, Again

In what has become a running joke on Conan O’Brien‘s show, the late-night host again poked fun at news anchors on Monday night.

O’Brien played strung-together soundbites of anchors covering last week’s news that Hostess was shutting down. The anchors all used some form of the expression “Twinkie trouble” (video above).

Conan O’Brien Calls Out Local Anchors (Again) For Identical Election Scripts

In what has become a running segment on his late-night talk show, Conan O’Brien took local stations to task Monday night over identical scripts about election coverage (video above).

“Luckily for Americans across the country, local news stations are providing their own fresh take as the campaign winds down,” O’Brien said before introducing a clip of 12 local anchors saying “the final days of the campaign can get a little salty.” Read more

VIDEO: 25 Anchors Read the Exact Same Script

“I scream, you scream… well, you know the rest.”

That’s the line dozens of local news anchors across the country read off their teleprompters recently, giving Conan O’Brien plenty of fodder for what has become a regular segment on his show–supercuts of TV anchors saying the exact same thing (video above).  [h/t Romenesko]

Conan O’Brien Trains to Become TV Anchor with WBBM’s Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson

Leading up to his recent four-night stint at the Chicago Theatre, Conan O’Brien paid a visit to local CBS station WBBM, where he sat at the anchor desk with Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson and got some pointers on anchoring the news from the legendary duo (video above). Read more

Conan O’Brien: KTLA Morning Team Is the Reason ‘China Is Kicking Our Ass’

Local newscasters have become the regular butt of jokes on Conan O’Brien‘s show and on Thursday night he took aim at the KTLA morning team.

In a segment titled “Why China Is Kicking Out Ass,” O’Brien played a clip of a recent “dance party Friday” at KTLA (video above).

“Those are news broadcasters,” O’Brien said following the clip. “They’re there to tell us what’s happening in the world.”  (Somewhere WKRC’s Bob Herzog is smiling, or cringing).

Conan Skewers Local TV News, Again: Copycat Anchors Report on Dog Social Network

In what has become a regular bit on his show, Conan O’Brien aired a supercut this week of local TV anchors from around the country saying the exact same thing. In this edition it’s “Is it time for dogs to have a social network of their own?” (video above).

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