April 21, 2003

Film at Eleven

Friday morning the Bay Area Fox channel’s (KTVU) morning news program re-demonstrated the stunning incompetence of local news services with the following (paraphrased) exchanged:

Anchor: “And now over to Bob with traffic.”

Camera switches to the traffic desk. No one is there.

Anchor: “Bob?”

Bob slides into view looking confused and apologetic.

Anchor: “Don’t worry about it Bob, it’s just live television.”

Bob: “Sorry, I wasn’t aware we were coming back to me…”

Then, from offscreen, not through an active microphone but loud enough to be heard, someone on the set yells, “Bullshit!”


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