I’m not really into the news.
While I think it’s important to know what’s going on, I’m okay with just grazing the surface with minimal awareness to the impending doom of the planet and how a trailer park manager won the lotto with a ticket he found in an opossum nest.
With that said, I do have the local news on in the background when getting ready for work in the morning and often while I’m eating dinner—mostly for the weather.
But the thing is that it’s basically the same script each day with names, places and dates switched around like some perverted Mad Libs puzzle. Of course the stories are different, but the premise is often the same. So while I’ve only been privy to a “behind the scenes” look at the news on one occasion—and it was a Saturday morning—I have to imagine the script looks something like this.
Newscaster 1: Good morning! I’m Susie Sunshine.
Newscaster 2: And I’m Bob Boring. It’s Monday and you’re tuned into WXYZ, where we are the ONLY station to bring you the most EXCLUSIVE up-to-date news complete with witty banter and sexual tension between me and my co-host that can be cut with a dull butter knife.
N1: That’s right, Bob. Ha, ha, ha! First off, the former mayor has been arrested on embezzlement charges from his current job at Popcorn Palace, but this isn’t the first time he’s been “popped” for that. We’ll detail his criminal record coming up in 10.
N2: Thanks, Suze. There’s also a warning out there today for anyone who has driven a car filled with gasoline, as it turns out that one false move could cause the car to explode. This is very important information, so be sure to tune into our 11 pm newscast 17 hours from now for the details.
N1: And we have some good news for you this morning about that giant lizard that was run over by a Segway driven by that 103-year-old man last week. Let’s just say, he’s “scaling” back to health.
N2: But first, let’s throw it over to chief meteorologist, Guy Cloud, who is standing outside in the pouring rain and blowing winds. Guy!
(Throw it to weatherman standing outside in the pouring ran, holding onto his hat and umbrella while trying to talk into the microphone.)
Weatherman: Thanks guys! You don’t need me standing outside in this horrible storm to tell you that it’s raining outside, but I’ll still tell you that it’s raining outside and demonstrate this by standing outside in the rain. As for the rest of the week, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact weather that you can expect—although that’s my job—so be sure to check back later tonight for your completely hypothetical 8 day forecast. Remember, we’re the MOST accurate storm team around! Back to you in the studio!
N1: What a Guy, ha ha!
N2: Indeed Suze, indeed. No one can rain on his parade! But bringing the focus back to us, coming up we’ll tell you all about that semi-serious thing that happened and then include video of our reporter walking at the camera while talking and accenting scripted words with numerous hand gestures while ignoring everything behind them.
They will then interview someone off the street who is the least qualified to speak publically on the subject—or even be out in public at all—before offering up an introspective statement delivered for maximum impact.
N1: (taking a sip from her coffee cup) You’re such a tease, Bob! I look forward to pretending to care.
N2: As do I, Suze. As do I. And now a word from our sponsors.
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This is exactly how the news always seems to me. They never actually tell you any news, just tell you about the news they’re going to tell you about but never tell you about.
I frequently go on rants about how idiotic our local newscasts are. I’ll watch one channel for a few months, until I can no longer stand it, then change to anirhe
Damn smart phone keyboards! Sorry. Anyway, I have to rotate channels because the anchors are so annoying. They’re annoying on all the channels, but somehow I always think another station will be better. The dumbing-down of America…
We’ve got a couple of gals on our news, one of which is a dipshit, and the other who can’t stop rolling her eyes at the former. It’s AWESOME.
Do you ever watch “The Soup?” I love when they show clips from “Good Day LA” or whatever that news program is. The one dude couldn’t care less and is totally un-PC. I love it.
I had to laugh at this one. It’s true…why do they make the weather guy stand out in the storms?
You summed up the local news beautifully! And it is true that they try to find the biggest idiot, with missing teeth and equivalent missing brain cells to express his/her opinion on the latest happenings!
I never watch the news, so if you could please tell me when there’s a torrential downpour or an anchor chokes and spits out their coffee it would be greatly appreciated!
haa HAA, Jason and I are always making fun of the teasers for IMPORTANT INFORMATION they will NOT give you… until 11. (like the Simpsons episode years ago “why this trip to the salad bar might be your last!!” …I think it was the Simpsons…)
our local news here in Portland is pretty good (as far as the delivery, I mean), but when I lived in Sunriver for a while? OOOH man, the small town local news was REALLY fun to laugh at.
My teenage and I just made fun of my wife for wanting to turn on the news to see about the weather – (it’s storming here featuring BB pellet sixed hail). we were like, “uh, turn on Twitter ot the the news web sites. no one watches the news!”
Thought of this last night when the weatherman came on at 8:30 last night to tell us to stay tuned at 11:00 to find out if there was going to be more snow in the forecast (no, you lunkhead, it’s getting up to 53 degrees today).
Ugh. I’m jealous. Ours was freaking out–rightfully so, this time–as we got more ice and snow and IT’S STILL SNOWING!!!
“They will then interview someone off the street who is the least qualified to speak publically on the subject—or even be out in public at all—before offering up an introspective statement delivered for maximum impact.”
I actually dont read the news enough i feel like. i am always embarrassed by myself!
I’m from the UK where you’d think it was a bit different, but it’s not. Having said that, I’m a bit of a news junkie, but I have trouble finding any between the topical stories, weather reports and giant lizards. Still mustn’t be greedy eh.
“What a Guy, ha ha!”
Seriously, why can’t I stop laughing at this? I’ve obviously missed my calling in life.
It’s never too late to follow your dreams…
quality – and very accurate! I listened to news report on the radio about politicians fighting for votes in Eastleigh — they actually asked a 24 year old man who they found doing scooter stunts in a skate park on a week day what he thought about it?
He just didn’t seem to care at all… oddly enough
Ha ha ha! Love it. I kind of wanted to be a weather girl growing up until I realized I’d have to actually experience the weather. Ridiculous.