Monday, September 25, 2017

NBC News adds to Puerto Rico misery

Crews for "NBC Nightly News" packed up their equipment...lights, cameras, production equipment, power source equipment...and staff and flew to Puerto Rico for Monday evening's broadcast ... on a military cargo plane meant to deliver much-needed supplies to the Puerto Ricans.

The purpose? Showboating, really. To make it look like its anchor, Lester Holt, knows everything, feels everything and can go anywhere in the world.  Not for the story.  They have so-called journalists in the country already with their own, but smaller and more mobile, crews.

So it places an added burden on Puerto Rico to host and help these slickers, who did not need to be there anyway, just what the local authorities needed, right?

I am not sure what they think they are proving to their viewers. I, as a viewer now and then,  wonder why the hell they were there when they could have anchored in New York and fed in the video and information from their so-called journalists in the field. Hell, Holt was back-and-forth to New York throughout the program anyway.

It all looks like a fake Hollywood glamour call and some of the real information that did manage to get through the airwaves is probably lost as the viewer figures out why Holt is there just standing amidst rubble and rubbish that is repeated in the scenes from their mobile so-called journalists.

What a waste of time and money, And I hope the cost of shipping their equipment and staff for a brief stand on the "scene" isn't being paid by you and me, the taxpayers, since they were on a military, not corporate, plane.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How to neutralize your opposition

Megyn Kelly, last year, was the bright, bright star of Fox News Channel and a spokesperson for conservative views. Aside from Bill O'Reilly, she was most likely the top rated journalist/commentator for the network.

In a bold move, NBC lured her away from Fox with a lucrative contract and, in its effort, dimmed her conservative views and saddled her with human interest stories, personality interviews and puff pieces.

NBC was successful in extinquishing this light of political sanity.

There has been no one, so far, to fill Kelly's shoes with her former ability to fairly point out anyone with hidden agendas.

In one high-price move, the NBC network, with its no-longer-hidden liberaL bias, successfully neutralized one of the better opponents of its views.

Got to give the liberal media a point for that maneuver.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kudos to Dish Network for holding out

Kudos to Dish Network for continuing a stand-off with Hearst Television, owners of the local WGAL, Channel 8 television station, about paying a higher fee to carry Hearst television stations' programming.

The Hearst stations continue to "explain" that the impasse continues and Dish is not carrying the Hearst stations as a result. Hearst - at least WGAL - tries to make Dish look like the bad guy by telling Dish viewers they should be getting a reduced rate since the network is not carrying the Hearst stations' contents.

But let's take a closer look at this.  It is Hearst that is demanding Dish to pay a higher fee to carry its content. Not the other way around.  DirecTV already caved to Hearst after not carrying Hearst's content for a few days.

Here's the basic problem for you, the viewer, to consider. The Hearst stations are granted a license by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast its programming to the public for free. If you have an antenna, and the TV station's signal reaches you, you can see their content for free. The television station raises its money to operate by charging sponsors who prepare and carry commercials to you to get you to buy their wares.

If you subscribe to a cable or satellite network system, you pay a fee to get that content.  By all fairness, the only fee you should have to pay to see the commercial broadcast stations that are on the public airwaves, should be the fee that covers that cable system's equipment and operating expense to pick up that commercial channel to send it to you.

But that's what is NOT happening. The television stations are charging the cable systems a fee for the "privilege" of carrying their content .... which of course is absolutely free over the airwaves.

That's what Hearst and other commercial television stations are doing. But it is YOU that will have to pay for the extra fee to the cable system which in turn forwards the extra money to the stations --- whose content is supposed to be free to the public.

Private cable channels, of which they are now many, should have the right to charge you for their content because it is private and they do not broadcast on public airwaves.

For Hearst and other commercial TV outlets, they should NOT have the right to charge you money for their free content.  But that's what they are doing.

So, as long as WGAL and all other Hearst Television outlets as well as other commercial stations claim the problem is with Dish or other cable/satellite systems, it is actually the TV station itself trying to charge YOU more for what was to be free content.

The only way this inside-out method of fleecing you will ever be solved is for lawmakers and the FCC to outlaw the television stations from charging for programming that is meant to be provided for free.

I'll bet you don't like paying a fee to watch a channel that shoves commercial after commercial down your throat.

It's ironic because the commercial television stations using the public airwaves are losing audiences and desperately need to keep as many viewers as they can. Perhaps if they paid as much attention to the quality of programming they provide as they do to trying to fleece you, they may be more popular than they are.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WGAL-TV getting kinda greedy-er

Well, well, well. After a year of raking in money from excessive and incessant political commercials leading up to the recent intensive election cycle, WGAL-TV looks to make even more from those of use subscribing to DirecTV.

Let's get down to the brass tacks.  WGAL-TV wants more money from DirecTV to allow DirecTV to carry its broadcasts on the cable network.

What makes this so gross is that it is the same programming it is dishing out to you and me for free over the regular airwaves.

Tell me that makes sense.

This is the same station that has recently increased its news program times directly to drive out competing television stations.  It has nothing to do with your time available to get the news.

It used to be you'd see and hear the same stories repeated again and again for at least 24-hours.  Now, in its "expanded" coverage hours, they chop it up, giving bits and pieces of the stories from one hour to the next, forcing you to continue watching the extended time to get the full story. (By "full" story, I mean what they know, which is usually spoon-fed to them by the various public. official, and public-interest agencies.)

 It is also worth mentioning that, since expanding its coverage time, it has put its staff under increased pressure of time.  Now, hardly a day goes by that you will not witness mis-cues, technical problems with remote video or remote audio, wrong graphics for stories being talked about.  It's like the station has been running with student staff just trying to learn the business.

There was a time that high technical standards and perfection was demanded and produced by the staff of WGAL-TV.  That's gone.

In the renewal process with the Federal Communications Commission for WGAL to retain its license for broadcasting on Channel 8 in this area, one could be tempted to file objections based on its technical faux pas and boring repetition showing lack of interest in the public it serves.