The Morning News

I watch the morning news while getting ready for work. Despite years of loyal viewership, WSB never solicits my opinions. IM always HO, they need to hear the following comments.

I just woke up and possess little tolerance for silliness and banter. Deliver the news, not zany antics and caffeinated comments.

The five-day forecast provides all the weather info I need. Post the graphic for 20 seconds, and I’m good to go. Don’t breathlessly tease important details to be delivered ten minutes later.

Meteorologists who take credit or blame for the weather possess a God-complex. Don’t assign adjectives to climate. Never judge a day by its weather.

The traffic reporter issuing a forecast for afternoon road congestion is absurd. First, s/he doesn’t know. Second, it’s Atlanta–traffic will be heavy!

Abstain from saying “Good morning” to each member of the news crew during every segment. We assume you exchanged greetings upon arrival. 

Refrain from bragging about your news coverage. Viewers can figure it out for themselves.

Avoid overused words and phrases like “actually,” “literally,” “exclusive,” “breaking news,” and “ongoing story.” Make sure nouns and verbs agree. Learn how to use comparatives, superlatives, and absolutes.

Use “police officers” or “law enforcement personnel” instead of “cops.” They deserve our respect.

Don’t air video preceded with the words, “This is difficult to watch.”

This is Bill Burch reporting live from my Word Press blog site.

4 thoughts on “The Morning News

  1. I agree 1000% – have pretty much quit listening/watching main stream media altogether. I have apps on my phone for all that I may or may not want to know,
    Hope you and Tracy are enjoying life and hope that you have a wonderful holiday season!


  2. It’s not just WSB, but TV news in general. Don’t tell us that you first told us about this story on an earlier newscast, or that you’ll tell us more on a later newscast. Don’t tell us the aerial shot came from your helicopter or your drone, we can surmise that fairly easily. Don’t do a “news” story about an entertainment program airing on your station. Don’t have a reporter stand out for a “live shot” at a location where nothing has happened since an incident hours earlier. Don’t start every newscast telling us it’s a busy day but you’re working hard to cover it all for us. The definition of news is that it’s new, therefore, breaking. So yes, it’s all breaking news. You don’t have to tell us that. Sorry, Bill, you got me started….


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