Breaking News

While watching both The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report this past Thursday night poke fun at Fox News and CNN for their erroneous reporting of the Supreme Court ruling regarding President Obama’s Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (i.e., ObamaCare), I was reminded of a letter I wrote to the general manager of WBNS-TV (Columbus, Ohio, USA) in July of 1998 in which I wrote a parody of their newscast, ridiculing their misuse and overuse of “breaking news.”

In their attempt to be the first television network to report on the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday morning, both Fox News and CNN had their facts grossly wrong, both reporting that the plan’s individual mandate was deemed unconstitutional when in fact the court ruled just the opposite.  I find it preposterous how often every television station abuses the “breaking news” headline.  Local networks very often start their newscasts with “breaking news.”  Isn’t this an oxymoron?  MSNBC will continue reporting something as “breaking news” four or five hours after it was first reported.  When exactly does a news event no longer constitute “breaking news?”  I’m no newsman, but I would guess within an hour, maybe less.

I am a news and political junkie; however, I stopped watching local news many years ago because of their “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality.  The following is my mocking not only of WBNS-TV but also that of every other television station, as they are all guilty of over-hyping any and all things in their lust to attract and kept their viewers glued to the screen:

With Aaron Copeland’s “Fanfare For The Common Man” blaring in the background, Dave Kaylor opens the evening newscast:

Dave Kaylor:  This is WBNS 10TV’s 6:00 Eyewitness News. Hi! I’m Dave Kaylor  in the 10TV Studio.  The 10TV News starts now (loud music again blares)….

Angela Pace:  But first Dave, our top story (loud music again)….

Andrea Cambern:  Angela, we have this breaking news, Channel 10TV has just learned….

Dave Kaylor:  Andrea, but first, tracking the storm is Channel 10TV Meteorologist Mike Davis, Mike.

Mike Davis:  This is Mike Davis, Live Dual Doppler 10 Chief Meteorologist, in the Dual Doppler 10 Weather Center, Channel 10TV’s exclusive Live Dual Doppler 10 Radar has just….

Dave Kaylor:  Mike, Channel 10TV Eyewitness News has this 10TV exclusive….

Angela Pace:  Dave, only on 10TV, we have new information on our lead story….

Andrea Cambern:  This is Andrea Cambern with Health News (loud music again)….

Kim Adams:  Andrea, this is Kim Adams with the Dual Doppler 10 Weather Team, Channel 10TV’s Live Dual Doppler 10 Travel Cast has just….

Angela Pace:  But first Kim, we have this breaking news, Channel 10TV has just learned….

Dave Kaylor:  Angela, new At 6 (incredibly, loud music once more)….

Andrea Cambern:  Dave, as we first told you at noon, 5, and 5:30….

Chris Shumway:  Andrea, the 10TV Live Dual Doppler Future Track has just….

Dave Kaylor:  Chris, this just in….

Mike Davis:  Dave, this is Mike Davis, here in Channel 10TV’s Weather Center, using exclusive Live Dual Doppler Radar, we have a Dual Doppler Forecast….

Angela Pace:  Mike, breaking news at this hour….

Dave Kaylor:  With a look at our Wakeup Forecast, here’s Channel 10TV’s Chief Meteorologist Mike Davis….

Angela Pace:  Dave, WBNS Channel 10TV’s I Team….

Andrea Cambern:  Angela, making headlines tonight, only on 10TV….

Kim Adams:  Andrea, Storm Tracker 10….

Dave Kaylor:  Kim, with a look at what’s coming up at 11….

Angela Pace:  Dave, that’s all the time we have.  Goodnight from all of us here at WBNS Channel 10TV (loud music one last time).

 

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Flowers #81A & 81D

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Photos of lilies shot in my little garden just outside my apartment.  These photos are of the same 4×6 print (yeah, I still shoot film) with the coloring and darkness tweaked a little bit on both.  As I am colorblind, I am not always sure which photograph looks best to most people.  When in doubt, post both.

Note : Sometimes I will double-check the quality level of photographs I have posted on WordPress.com on a computer at my local library to verify that the quality of the photographs posted are the same on a computer different from my own.  On more than one occasion, I have been embarrassed by what I saw.  I have tried contacting support to see what could be causing this problem, but have yet to determine what is the exact cause.

If I am fortunate enough to have you view my work, and you find the quality of my photographs lacking, please let me know via a viewer comment.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers #224C

This photo of a flowering hosta was shot just inches outside the front door of my apartment.  It is another one of my favorite photos of the thousands I have shot of flowers during the past 15 years.  In order to enlarge both this photo and Flowers #224B to the size I wanted to post both to, I could not post them as a slideshow.  As such, I could not choose between the two as to which one I liked best, so I posted both of them.  Flowers #224C has more color (I am color-blind so forgive me if the color I tweaked isn’t quit right), however #224B has a little more detail.

Note : Sometimes I will double-check the quality level of photographs I have posted on WordPress.com on a computer at my local library to verify that the quality of the photographs posted are the same on a computer different from my own.  On more than one occasion, I have been embarrassed by what I saw.  I have tried contacting support to see what could be causing this problem, but have yet to determine what is the exact cause.

If I am fortunate enough to have you view my work, and you find the quality of my photographs lacking, please let me know via a viewer comment.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers #224B

This photo of a flowering hosta was shot just inches outside the front door of my apartment.  It is another one of my favorite photos of the thousands I have shot of flowers during the past 15 years.  In order to enlarge both this photo and Flowers #224C to the size I wanted to post both to, I could not post them as a slideshow.  As such, I could not choose between the two as to which one I liked best, so I posted both of them.  Flowers #224B has a little more detail, however #224C has a little more color (I am color-blind so forgive me if the color I tweaked isn’t quit right).

Note : Sometimes I will double-check the quality level of photographs I have posted on WordPress.com on a computer at my local library to verify that the quality of the photographs posted are the same on a computer different from my own.  On more than one occasion, I have been embarrassed by what I saw.  I have tried contacting support to see what could be causing this problem, but have yet to determine what is the exact cause.

If I am fortunate enough to have you view my work, and you find the quality of my photographs lacking, please let me know via a viewer comment.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

How To Create Jobs And Turn Around The U.S. Economy

There is a very simple solution to solving this nation’s ailing economy.  And no, it does not involve giving millionaires and record profit earning, record bonus taking, tax avoiding corporations another round of massive tax cuts.  To stimulate the economy, the federal government has to create jobs that pay more than minimum wage that the business community has thus far refused to do so.  This is the ultimate catch 22 situation in that the private sector will not create jobs until demand of consumer goods increases, however, the demand of consumer goods will not increase until decent paying jobs are created.  The straightforward solution in which to turn around the U.S. economy is to significantly invest in our rapidly deteriorating infrastructure.

In the past several days, major water mains breaks have occurred in Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, Honolulu and the New York City/New Jersey metropolis region.  Every day, seven hundred water mains break throughout the nation, with corrosion being the leading cause due to the age of the system and the type of ground in which it was laid.  These breaks cost billions of dollars annually to repair, not including the cost of emergency equipment, traffic disruptions and time lost from work as drivers are stuck in massive traffic jams.  The American Society Of Civil Engineers recently give the nation a D- in the quality of our drinking water.  The total cost to fix the U.S. water system has been estimated to be nearly $350 billion and expected to take 20 years to rebuild.

In addition to replacing our aging water system, America needs to replace its outdated and deteriorating system of highways and bridges.  The American Society Of Civil Engineers also gave the nation a D rating for our highway, rail and air infrastructure.  Road usage is expected to increase sixty percent in the next twenty years while sixty percent of our roads are rated poor or substandard.  Maintenance  costs just to keep up with needed repairs are expected to cost upwards of $200 billion annually.

By heavily investing and updating our entire infrastructure system, which all are in extremely poor condition, America would put millions of its citizens to work earning a decent wage.  The price of raw materials are once again inexpensive due to the faltering world economy.  Borrowing the necessary money to pay for such an investment would be inexpensive as well due to record low interest rates.  Yet, just the opposite is happening as cities and states are finding their highway construction projects delayed for ten years or longer due to lack of funding.

Replacing our entire national infrastructure is how you stimulate the entire economy, this is the trickle down effect that tax cuts to the upper one percent of the nation do not, and did not provide.  This is how you put America back to work.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers #170C

This photograph of a flower in the Columbine family is one of my favorite photos of flowers of the many I have shot during the past fifteen years.  As a footnote, I sometimes will double-check the quality level of photographs I have posted on WordPress.com on a computer at my local library to verify that the quality of the photographs posted are the same on a computer different from my own.  On more than one occasion, I have been embarrassed by what I saw.  I have tried contacting support to see what could be causing this problem, but have yet to determine what is the exact cause.

If I am fortunate enough to have you view my work, and you find the quality of my photographs lacking, please let me know via a viewer comment.

Steven H. Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers #43A, 44, 44B, 13A & 13C

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Note : Sometimes I will double-check the quality level of photographs I have posted on WordPress.com on a computer at my local library to verify that the quality of the photographs posted are the same on a computer different from my own.  On more than one occasion, I have been embarrassed by what I saw.  I have tried contacting support to see what could be causing this problem, but have yet to determine what is the exact cause.

If I am fortunate enough to have you view my work, and you find the quality of my photographs lacking, please let me know via a viewer comment.

Steven H. Spring