Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Not So Slow Suicide Of TV News In Los Angeles

In a 1961 speech before the National Association of Broadcasters Former FCC Chairman, Newton Minow made his most famous sound-bite, “...sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air...and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.”

Since then we’ve had a sensory explosion of info/entertainment, sexploitation, news and the TV stations never sign off the air. Somehow I don’t think anything has changed beyond the incredible growth of the wasteland Minow described.

The self-destruction of television news is most evident at the network owned news departments at KCBS, KNBC, KABC and KTTV. Gone are the days of investigative reporting. Gone is the news gathering efforts that extend beyond allowing various government public information officers an opportunity to report on themselves without challenge. I don’t understand why they pay news reporters and producers under these circumstances. They can simply let the government bureaucrats report their own news.

The days of news departments suing government agencies to produce public records or showing shortcomings in government accountability are over. The TV news watchdog for the public has died.

Competition is gone as the various news organizations in this market even share videotape! KCBS and KCAL merged into one news organization. That helped ease any thoughts of competition being renewed in this market area.

The end product of the L.A. news market is that there is nothing more interesting than Jillian Barberie’s over-exposed cleavage on the morning news show, Good Day LA. Okay, I’ll refuse to call Barberie’s knockers a wasteland.


Anonymous said...

"Okay, I’ll refuse to call Barberie’s knockers a wasteland"

Not while you have that vast expanse between her ears to fit that bill.

Anonymous said...


Would you rather have news or knockers?

You'll never get cold in her cleavage!

Those are some BIG knockers!

Anonymous said...

Paul, that's because they're media whores. Whatever it takes to jack up the ratings.

And... where is our eye candy for us ladies?????

Paul Huebl Crimefile News said...

Eye candy for the ladies? Why just click on my photo!

Anonymous said...

Paul you do have a sense of humor.
I was caught in a stare contest with my TV the other night, over something I think was being marketed as News. Which by the way is so bad these days it makes reality shows look good. For me that's bad, very, very BAD!!!

News now is a Vast Wasteland of hairdo's and empty heads. Even the former KoneHeads run circles around current newscasters. : (

Anonymous said...

While this weather gal "borrowed" the name of a beloved actress/ singer, ANN JILLIAN, the two could not be more different. Ann Jillian is a lady of class in every sense of the word, while this weather person is of the very common variety. She is typical of the gal who comes to Hollywood without much talent and expects to make it big based on the size of her boob job. It's very sad as better she should have studied acting, dancing, and singing like the real talented ladies have. The blog is correct in saying that the news IS a wasteland and this weather bimbo person proves it. So please, give us the REAL ANN JILLIAN!

Paul Huebl Crimefile News said...

Ann Jillian can sing, dance and act. She's a classy babe for sure that I'm glad to call a friend.

Barberie's talents seem to be limited to those store bought ta tas.

Anonymous said...

More pics of Jillian and her big knockers!


Anonymous said...

Paul where is your Survivor picture with you in the cheetah toga for us ladies out here????????


meOW ;)