October 31, 2012

"Local TV news is a sad thing. They ask sad questions and get sad answers."

"It's easier to laugh about it than to think about how State House coverage is dying," said Daniel Moraff, a Brown student and "aspiring comedy writer," whom some fools denounced as an idiot for saying things like "I don't really believe there's a hurricane... I know the government wants us to think that...."

31 comments:

wyo sis said...

So a bad reporter interviews a bad wanna be comedian and its bad. The worst part is it didn't sound all that unusual. It's pretty hard to make a parody of the ridiculousness of everyday life in the media.
What would be really good is a good report done by a good reporter asking good questions of real people, but that won't happen for a number of reasons, the most important one being real people are at work getting real things done.

hombre said...

Too bad he found it necessary to dump on the interviewer later. She handled his nonsense quite well.

"Aspiring comedy writer?" Well, he's got the tasteless part down pat. Although by now it is easy to see how someone would doubt anything the government tells them.

Eustace Chilke said...

He's right. Awful is typical in news. The "How does it feel?" question that they always aim for.

This crap is not news.

Quayle said...

The super-serious tone is what kills me.

Last night on Fox a breathless and super-serious local reporter from Chicago, reporting on the waves along lakeshore:

[rough quote] "......a look along lake shore where I am standing show police tape and flashing lights and...

Later the camera pans right and you catch a glimpse of one strand of police tape between two trees across a small access road, and a single police car with its lights on.

Absolutely pathetic.

Forbes said...

Eight trees and 15 branches are down... Do we have the owners names to report? LOL

Freeman Hunt said...

He's right. The news is insipid.

I thought he was funny with the addition of the comment about the Earth's rotation and the wind.

I wish everyone talked like that to reporters.

Leland said...

One hopes his 15 minutes of fame is now ending.

bgates said...

In an unusually direct and at times tense interview with Denver local news station KUSA, President Barack Obama on Friday admitted on two occasions that he doesn’t know whether the administration denied requests for military assistance by the U.S. Embassy in Libya when it was besieged on Sept. 11.

Join me in not wondering whether Brown student and aspiring comedy writer Daniel Moraff has any concerns about why Obama has to go thousands of miles from DC and sit down with the anchor from Channel 9 in Denver before he's confronted with direct questions and a tense interview.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Brown student aspires to be human Onion, story at 6.

SteveR said...

So Garage, how was that poll weighted?

The Drill SGT said...
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The Drill SGT said...


It's always been true that all Brown students were on drugs or need to be.

He is clearly off his meds

Chip Ahoy said...

Channel 9 in Denver before he's confronted with direct questions and a tense interview.

As I understand it, the interviewer said the question arose from tweets and emails to the station in response to the station's question, "what should we ask the president when he gets here?" I got the impression the reporter was a bit embarrassed to ask and to press but for many viewers asking that same question.

traditionalguy said...

A true skeptic. The scientific method still applies at Brown.

Freeman Hunt said...

"How do you feel about this natural disaster?"
"How do you feel about being a victim of this crime?"
"How do you feel about your recent accomplishment?"

Hard hitting!

Now it is true that sometimes a local news station is more hard hitting than the national media, as in the case of that Obama interview.

ricpic said...

I'll bet that Brown student knows way more than his Dad. I mean fer sure way more.

Pastafarian said...

Maybe it's just me, Althouse, but your site has been acting buggy for several hours. I thought it was just my PC at work but it's loading really slowly on my iPad too.

Coketown said...

Where would news producers get the absurd idea that a bunch of people tuning in with bated breath to watch a massive hurricane wreck a large city would respond positively to sensationalism? Boy are they stupid.

As far as the idiot in the clip goes: Poor comedy made worse by a poor performance. Dumb approach to critique media sensationalism. The reporter wasn't being sensational. She was asking passers-by the only questions that passers-by have the capacity to answer: what do you think and how do you feel?

Nobody cares about the State House. Everyone cares about the hurricane. Scratch that. Daniel Moraff cares about the State House. Which means you should care, too. What he thinks is true; he will critique what is not true until people come around and believe as he believes. What kind of Brown-educated liberal would he be if that weren't the case? And if TV stations can't make payroll because nobody is tuning in to listen to the State House minutes, well then we'll just have to subsidize the stations with taxpayer monies. Liberalism. It's your choice: free-market sensationalism or taxpayer-subsidized boredom.

Saint Croix said...

"The government has told us that classes are cancelled tomorrow. I'm not really sure." LOL.

a psychiatrist who learned from veterans said...

Anybody for a Simon and Garfunkel redo: 'Where have you gone Water Cronkite? America turns its lonely eyes to you..' OTOH he could just be a Republican frightened by Nate Silver's predictions.

chrisnavin.com said...

How does he know the government didn't send that reporter there?

Was the wind manufactured?

What actually has he confirmed of his own experience?

Back to Brown for another all-night session on the couch, man.

DADvocate said...

A lot of rain and a high tide, but we've gotten more wind from elephant farts around here. Funny how all this happens somewhere else and we're supposed to believe it's real. Reminds me of the supposed perpetual war in Orwell's "1984"

rhhardin said...

An enterprising reporter would have gone to the post office to interview late filers instead.

MisterBuddwing said...

Maybe it's just me, Althouse, but your site has been acting buggy for several hours. I thought it was just my PC at work but it's loading really slowly on my iPad too.

Me, too. Thought it had something to do with the antivirus software I'd recently installed.

(You read Prof. Althouse at work! Shame on you! You're just as bad as I am!)

edutcher said...

Technically, it was a tropical storm when it made landfall.

PS Not just Althouse, but most Blogger sites.

Michael Ryan said...

Eight trees are down, and 15 large limbs? Oh ,the horror!

XRay said...

"Eight trees are down, and 15 large limbs? Oh ,the horror!"

That was the satire, right? That wasn't 'straight' reporting, was it? If it were then the Brown guy may actually be a step ahead of the game.

David said...

Here's hoping Brown does not ruin him. It tried hard with my daughter, but eventually she was ok.

DADvocate said...

Eight trees are down, and 15 large limbs?

Give me a chain saw and I'll do more damage than that in a half hour.

Lyle said...

Funny.

T J Sawyer said...

The comedy doesn't have to be verbal. I love the Weather Channel crew all decked out in the Land's End parkas with a biker or jogger passing by in shorts.