TV news, sports announcers employ fake deliveries

May 18, 2014 

It must have been five-plus years ago that I simply gave up on TV. After many years, I finally came to the conclusion that TV is, for the most part, ill-advised entertainment and fake. Some examples follow:

There are golf announcers who talk too much and end declarative sentences on a rising note. They also whisper while a golfer is putting, to give the illusion they are close to the action when, in fact, they are in a production truck way off the course.

Protect me from a newsie whose questions of someone at a remote location are usually so confusing and long-winded the viewer has forgotten what the point was. White House correspondents at presidential news conferences do this, too.

Save me from the news anchors who always say, "Thank you very much" to a reporter doing a stand-up from a remote location. Anchors have been doing it for years.

There is a guy from the Weather Channel whose specialty is appearing live at catastrophic weather events. Some people think he's a hero. He has made a career out of not having enough sense to come in out of the rain.

TV weather people wave their hands around a great deal, but the "map" you are seeing behind them is not there. It's a felt-covered wall.

The weather person only knows what he is doing because he, just like you, is looking at a screen. There are monitors left and right.

Finally, if I hear another remote announcer start a story with "Well ..." I will gag.

Be forewarned.

Morgan Stinemetz


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