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spurgirl
Feb. 21, 2013, 06:51 PM
If I hear one more reporter or weather "person" say, "The snow started falling from the sky around daybreak"...I think I'm gonna scream. So, where else does the snow fall from?:confused:

On one news station yesterday (in CT), the reporter stated, "The mayor of Bridgeport will be asking the Federal Government for funds to pay for the massive snow cleanup. That way no taxpayers will be impacted"...WTF? And here I thought the taxes we pay are used for gov't services....silly me:o!

ShotenStar
Feb. 21, 2013, 07:35 PM
The ones I hate are the "how does that make you feel" questions asked of relatives / neighbors after a death.

*star*

Mara
Feb. 21, 2013, 08:23 PM
One of my favorites was an on-the-scene reporter covering a robbery. He described the suspect as "a white Caucasian male".:lol::lol:

I also hate the cutesy phrases the weather forecasters have adopted instead of just telling it like it is. No longer do we have snow or sleet - it's a "winter weather event".

Hippolyta
Feb. 21, 2013, 09:05 PM
I also hate the cutesy phrases the weather forecasters have adopted instead of just telling it like it is. No longer do we have snow or sleet - it's a "winter weather event".

My dad enjoys "wintry mix".

Frank B
Feb. 21, 2013, 09:07 PM
And the media keeps wondering why they're laughed at so much.

trubandloki
Feb. 22, 2013, 08:20 AM
Being a weatherman is the only job where you can be wrong more than you are accurate and you get to keep your job and people praise you for it.

LadyNeon01
Feb. 22, 2013, 08:45 AM
Don't knock being a meteorologist! Its a tough field, with a lot of physics and math background. I did forecasting for a while in college and its incredibly difficult to get a forecast absolutely correct. The computer models are only so good because they can't quite reproduce the environment exactly. I went away from forecasting after my internship. The computer did everything and I didn't have enough time to really make any adjustments because of the workload.

And just a note about TV meteorologists, most of them went to college for it. There are still some out there who are just weathermen but if they have the meteorologist title, they earned it.

trubandloki
Feb. 22, 2013, 08:52 AM
Sorry I used the wrong term.
I am sure lots of stuff goes into what they say, that does not make them more accurate though.
It would be different if they would say something that gave a hint that they were basically guessing but no. They proclaim bad weather, schools close in advance, all things cancelled, not a flake of snow.
Or they say freezing rain so I leave he horses in, no rain. They say it is going to be clear all day and it ends up raining all day.

Sannois
Feb. 22, 2013, 08:55 AM
The media has become even more dramatic with the weather.
Like we have never seen huge snow storms before. LMAO~ They actually said falling from the sky???:lol:

SillyHorse
Feb. 22, 2013, 08:56 AM
I am sure lots of stuff goes into what they say, that does not make them more accurate though.
It would be different if they would say something that gave a hint that they were basically guessing but no. They proclaim bad weather, schools close in advance, all things cancelled, not a flake of snow.
Or they say freezing rain so I leave he horses in, no rain. They say it is going to be clear all day and it ends up raining all day.
Geez, it's a forecast, not a promise. Don't you think they do the best they can? Stop for a minute and think about all the times the've been right.

Now, as for stupid comments, one that drives me nuts is "The accident happened around 4pm this afternoon." As opposed to what? 4pm this morning? Or maybe 4am this afternoon?

Saidapal
Feb. 22, 2013, 09:13 AM
Living in Florida my favorite is the hurricane predictions. The thing will be way the heck over by Africa and they will draw an arrow aiming it directly into Orlando. No matter where it is, the arrow will aim a direct hit. And "hunker down" is a favorite. "We all need to hunker down" and always said very dramatically. And they wonder why nobody pays attention anymore. Go figure.

I usually tune in really quick to check the weather before I leave for work, and there is one station I don't even bother with. The weatherman there goes on and on about some crap or another and you have to listen to his inane chatter until he gets around to giving the weather report. He thinks he's hilarious.

arabhorse2
Feb. 22, 2013, 09:36 AM
Now, as for stupid comments, one that drives me nuts is "The accident happened around 4pm this afternoon."


As opposed to 4:00 p.m. yesterday, last Tuesday, or the past weekend. Not everything gets reported the same day, so that peeve isn't really relevant.

You have to remember that TV panders to the lowest common denominator, so by its very nature has to be redundant.

LadyNeon01
Feb. 22, 2013, 09:57 AM
Geez, it's a forecast, not a promise. Don't you think they do the best they can? Stop for a minute and think about all the times the've been right.

SillyHorse is right. Its a forecast. And the TV guys only have a limited amount of time to get the info out. The environment is constantly changing. So one variable (such as wind direction) can change and a whole different scenario plays out. That's why we have actual observations.

Someone mentioned hurricane forecasts, and they've improved leaps and bounds compared to 10 years ago. And they're continually trying to improve. Its constantly a work in progress.

Regarding stupid comments, I've given up on TV news for that exact reason. Way too many stupid things being said.

Ruth0552
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:02 AM
Last blizzard I was about to make up a drinking game... every time they said THUNDERSNOW, take a shot. Seriously, they said THUNDERSNOW like it was the damn apocalypse every 10 seconds.

ccoronios
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:08 AM
Not a reporter, but my absolute MOST favorite interview was Johnny Carson interviewing Quinn Cummings shortly after The Goodbye Girl opened. He asked so many stupid questions she finally started responding as though to a very slow child. "Do you want to get married?" "I'm 10. I haven't thought about it." And after about the sixth time he 'confirmed' (different words, same question) that TGG was her first movie, she sat up, took a DEEEEP breath, turned to look directly at him and said, very slowly, "This is my first movie. I have been in some TV ads. This is my first movie." JC had to go to break -obviously unplanned. He didn't know what to do with her. I had to take a 'comfort' break of my own, as I was rolling on the floor with tears streaming down my face.

The best weather report? Fall '69, Lexington, KY - evening news/ weather: "There's a chance of showers." It was raining so hard that you couldn't see the neighbor's house which was so close we could have shaken hands from our windows! They heard about that one - I think the phones rang off the hook!

Carol

Sabino
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:13 AM
One of my FB friends posted this. Perfect description of North Dakota weather (I'm in MN, but same difference.) Hopefully the link works.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=237974869596198

bambam
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:15 AM
It would be different if they would say something that gave a hint that they were basically guessing but no.
When I lived in Anchorage, there was a weather guy who called himself the Weather Guesser. I loved the fact that he admitted it and, because of that title, his was the weather forecast I wacthed.

Alagirl
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:25 AM
One of my FB friends posted this. Perfect description of North Dakota weather (I'm in MN, but same difference.) Hopefully the link works.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=237974869596198

:lol:

REALLY??? roflmao!!!


But I do have to say, when you are on the air day after day, you have to phrase things differently...or try to....
I love race announcers....or other sports casters...it always seems to boil down to 'the one crossing the finish line first' or 'the team with the most points' will win this one....:lol: like, really? noooo, you must have that one wrong...

Or the storm coverage...seems like they always send the low man out on location... hanging onto a lamp post, blowing in the wind and rain 'Yes James, it is very windy and rainy out her, now that Storm Sandrina is moving in'

Good grief... don't they have years of archive footing by now?! A palm tree bending over in the wind, we get it, it's a storm! (and unless you own the building, most people can't recognize the pile of rubble at the corner, even if they drive by it on a daily basis)

And the cheerful to somber change....looking into a different camera always cracks me up....including the dramatic emphasis....

trubandloki
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:34 AM
Sabino, that is a great clip.



When I lived in Anchorage, there was a weather guy who called himself the Weather Guesser. I loved the fact that he admitted it and, because of that title, his was the weather forecast I wacthed.
I think that weather guy! Yes, weather guesser is perfect.

Dramapony_misty
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:34 AM
I loved the national news report yesterday evening from Topeka, KS. There was a newsperson in the middle of the city street (no traffic around) talking about the horrible blizzard conditions... geez, the snow didn't even come up to the top of her mid-calf boots! Some people need to spend some time in Central NY and Northern PA where a major snowfall is measured in FEET!

Mosey_2003
Feb. 22, 2013, 10:39 AM
I'm sorry, but THUNDERSNOW just really tickles me :lol: I think they should say it at every opportunity! Ok, not helpful really, but it makes me giggle!

Sonesta
Feb. 22, 2013, 11:03 AM
The one that always makes me cringe is the radio traffic reporters who always say "We have cleared the accident at [whatever location]." as if the reporter, himself did the clearing. Always irks me.

Mara
Feb. 22, 2013, 12:03 PM
Being a weatherman is the only job where you can be wrong more than you are accurate and you get to keep your job and people praise you for it.

I am always telling people that I'd LOVE to have a job where I can be wrong 75% of the time and not get fired.

But really, meteorology is HARD. Not just any nincompoop can become a meteorologist. I took one course in college to fulfill a science requirement - thought it'd be fun. Boy, was I wrong. Really, really difficult course.

They do the best they can with the tools available to them.

Snow is such a rare event here that all of the TV meteorologists (all 3 of our major stations have meteorologists, not weathermen) just go insane with near-glee when we do have more than just a dusting. In 2011 we got about 4 inches, plus some ice on top of that, and all of the coverage was done from their respective "storm centers". Like the regular studio was insufficient for reporting on snow. During one report, I commented to my husband, "If you look closely at Glen's pants, I think there's an actual bulge in the front." That's how excited they get about snow here.

DeeThbd
Feb. 22, 2013, 12:41 PM
Geez, it's a forecast, not a promise. Don't you think they do the best they can? Stop for a minute and think about all the times the've been right.

Now, as for stupid comments, one that drives me nuts is "The accident happened around 4pm this afternoon." As opposed to what? 4pm this morning? Or maybe 4am this afternoon?

THIS! Or the Buffalo radio station where they say "There is an accident in place on the I-90"....um, does that mean someone put it there? The usage I've always seen of those words is "We have a plan in place in case school is closed", for example.

mvp
Feb. 22, 2013, 12:52 PM
Meh, I saw a documentary about all the reporters camped out in Eagle Point, CO for the Kobe Bryan (sp) trail... trying hard to make a story out of nothing on most days. The "sound and fury signifying nothing" they were paid to do bummed out many of these people who knew legitimate- from stupid journalism.

It opened my eyes to the PITA those folks face. Sometimes they aren't stupid, but work for networks who spend fortunes setting up those bivouacs and remain reluctant to tear the whole thing down... in case something with the celebrity trial actually does happen.

lcw579
Feb. 22, 2013, 12:55 PM
The ones I hate are the "how does that make you feel" questions asked of relatives / neighbors after a death.

*star*

YES! This drives me insane too! What do they expect someone to say? "Well, Bob was a mean S.O.B. so really, he got what was coming to him. I'm glad I won't have to put up with his s*** anymore."

SillyHorse
Feb. 22, 2013, 12:59 PM
Now, as for stupid comments, one that drives me nuts is "The accident happened around 4pm this afternoon." As opposed to what? 4pm this morning? Or maybe 4am this afternoon?


As opposed to 4:00 p.m. yesterday, last Tuesday, or the past weekend.
How about 4PM today. Any questions?

alabama
Feb. 22, 2013, 01:09 PM
Snow is such a rare event here that all of the TV meteorologists (all 3 of our major stations have meteorologists, not weathermen) just go insane with near-glee when we do have more than just a dusting. In 2011 we got about 4 inches, plus some ice on top of that, and all of the coverage was done from their respective "storm centers". Like the regular studio was insufficient for reporting on snow. During one report, I commented to my husband, "If you look closely at Glen's pants, I think there's an actual bulge in the front." That's how excited they get about snow here.
Yeah, our weather people get what I call "weather woodies", too - snow, tornado warnings/watches, hurricanes, etc. - it all gets them going.

Glimmerglass
Feb. 22, 2013, 01:10 PM
The ones I hate are the "how does that make you feel" questions asked of relatives / neighbors after a death.

I swear that was modi operandi for NBC Today Show's Ann Curry ... the faux empathy question in her hushed tone perched on the edge of her chair. Utterly deplorable on top of the rest of her skills suited to television market outside of the top 50.

Alagirl
Feb. 22, 2013, 01:14 PM
Yeah, our weather people get what I call "weather woodies", too - snow, tornado warnings/watches, hurricanes, etc. - it all gets them going.

roflmao!!!
Never heard the term, but it's right on!

LadyNeon01
Feb. 22, 2013, 01:49 PM
Yeah, our weather people get what I call "weather woodies", too - snow, tornado warnings/watches, hurricanes, etc. - it all gets them going.

I have to admit that I get that way when exciting weather is on its way. Hi, my name is LadyNeon01 and I'm a weather nerd. :)

And Mara is right, meteorology is really hard! I have no idea how I survived all the physics and calculus classes before I even got to the meteorology classes (which had more physics and calculus)!

dalpal
Feb. 22, 2013, 04:25 PM
I hate the drama.....CNN was going overboard (no pun intended) with the Carnaval Cruise Ship..even put a husband and wife together on the phone for the viewers' ears....I sooo wanted them to start having an inappropriate conversation about sex. :lol:

And I swear Wolf Blitzer was about to pee in his pants reporting on Sandy Hook Elementary School...really tacky.

saddleup
Feb. 22, 2013, 05:22 PM
Ann Curry was the worst at asking stupid and smarmy questions..those "how did you feel after (fill in the blank worst experience imaginable) happened?" I wanted to jump through the screen and choke her. I'm sure she's a nice person, but it was pretty hard to watch.

Frank B
Feb. 22, 2013, 06:01 PM
The classic over-dramatization had to have been during a severe hurricane (Katrina?) when some reporter (CNN?) was sitting in a small boat talking about how severe the flooding was and someone walked behind her. The water was barely up to their ankles.

Then there are the technical goofs... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0CghAKgY4E

TheJenners
Feb. 22, 2013, 06:26 PM
Ahhh I loved how he started motioning at his tie instead of the map when talking about the weather! :) Good sense of humor.

I remember in the...hmm...early 90s? when TV anchors were wearing those horrible striped sweaters, you know the ones with the tiny little narrow stripes? Horizontal? And as they moved on camera, the stripes were moving up and down? That was amusing.

Hippolyta
Feb. 23, 2013, 01:54 AM
One of my FB friends posted this. Perfect description of North Dakota weather (I'm in MN, but same difference.) Hopefully the link works.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=237974869596198

That made me snort more than once. :lol:

BasqueMom
Feb. 23, 2013, 03:06 AM
Me, too, Hippolyta.

Maybe because I work from home, I see more weather stuff or something. But I've lived in Chicago (thunderstorms and blizzards) and Denver area (thunderstorms and blizzards). Here, a night of storms is all night and or day coverage. They don't interrupt regular programming but lose commercial revenue. This cell will get here at 7:20, here at 7:22, here at 7:24 here, etc and etc. Backdrop of weather radar. They will stay late into the early morning hours.
Hello....we get it, it's gonna rain a lot and be very noisy outside. Most of us have
radar displays on our phones.

And snow (a rare thing here) is a winter weather event. Event seems to be the new word.

And what's with naming snowstorms this year?????????

Sannois
Feb. 23, 2013, 07:54 AM
And what's with naming snowstorms this year?????????
Yeah, especially NEMO?? Conjures up real images of terror.. A clown fish?:lol:

Camstock
Feb. 23, 2013, 08:29 AM
Ladyneon, 1 is my sister from anotha mister!

I am a meteorologist, when I was on TV, I earned my AMS seal of approval. I got my degree in meteorology from the UW. It is a tough science.

A lot of the hype seen on tv is a result of what viewers want. I now work at another university as a communications specialist and many people there forgot or don't know that I am a meteorologist because I work in this other capacity now. They wanted somebody who can understand and speak science. That would be what a meteorologist does (live in front of conservatively 10s of thousands of people) so I got the job at the U'. I am amazed at how much people talk about the weather and how much misinformation is actively repeated. I am glad I don't have to actually try to explain warm air convection vs convective activity to people who think they get it because they are armchair weather geeks critiquing those out there doing a hellova a good job.

Thundersnow is why I studied meteorology. It is surprisingly unique in our atmosphere. If you understood thermodynamics you might have a weather woody over it too. Thundersnow is to snow as canter pirouette is to turn on the hindquarters.

The singular of 'media' is 'medium'. Thus, it should be 'The media are stupid.' Or 'The medium of radio is outdated silliness.' If you are going to armchair quarterback, it is nice to at use words correctly.

Mickey the Marcher
Feb. 23, 2013, 08:47 AM
The one that really get me, and I'm not sure if that happens around the country, but all the local affiliates around here do it.... is the whole "live at the scene" on the 10 o'clock news.
Now that's fine if something is actually happening at that time, but they are usually reporting on something that happened earlier in the day. Something like this... "we now go live to our reporter Jim Bob, who's on the scene"... cut to Jim Bob standing in the dark, and in the cold " thanks, Tom, I'm standing here were at 9:30 this morning suchandsuch an incident happened. You can't see anything right now, because it's completely dark, but let me recount what happened". Then they might show some footage from earlier in the day, and some background on the story, which is cool, but what is the point in having someone "on the scene" at 10pm at night, when there is nothing there to see? Just have them report in the studio, and roll the footage from earlier in the day. ALL the local network affiliates do this stupidity.

Frank B
Feb. 23, 2013, 09:00 AM
...I remember in the...hmm...early 90s? when TV anchors were wearing those horrible striped sweaters, you know the ones with the tiny little narrow stripes? Horizontal? And as they moved on camera, the stripes were moving up and down? That was amusing.
It was called the "Johnny Carson effect" after the sports jackets he wore, and didn't show up until color TV hit the market.

My pet peeve is The Weather Channel becoming more of an entertainment than information source. Few things are more irritating than having a severe squall line bearing down on you and they're prattling on about "global warming" or some storm that happened two decades ago. But with weather info now available in the palm of the hand, TWC has marginalized itself into irrelevancy in this household.