*Caltrans plays footsy with Bay Area Media muttons; excuse me why I hold back the belly laughs.
*Part of my gargantuan skepticism about this whole SF media-in-bed/bridge fiasco has to do with all the boondoggle of freeway and bridge construction.
Little, if any real investigative reporting has taken place--way too much cheerleading and yelping has lead the way. That's to be expected by the TV and radio lemmings. Too bad the last few newspapers remaining have tried, but at the end, punted; give the Chronicle credit for at least trying.
*I hate to beat a dead horse but they make it easy: Shame, shame, shame on KPIX for its rampant whoring on all this Bay Bridge non-story. The station has been nothing more than a 24/7 infomercial for Caltrans and PIX's band of reporters, including Ken Bastida, (who should really know better), have been nothing less than an embarrassment. It's one thing to do reports and bring forth a story, (even if there is NO story after endless "updates"); it's another when the visuals coming from the live shots amounts to nothing more than glorified promos and banal chit-chat.
*Dread in the newsroom at KGO-TV today and tonight. The purge is the least of worries --two more major staffers are rumored to be goners.
*A major reporter at KTVU has contacted their attorney just in case.
*Unintentional comedy act on the KGOne "Morning News": the morning gigglers.
*Stan Bunger: I didn't know you became a Caltrans spokesman.
BAY AREA MEDIA: You should all be embarrassed for your shameless repertoire regarding the over-reporting of the Caltrans Bay Bridge affair. Moreover, your endless, drawn-out 24/7 bridge orgasm speaks volumes on your utter lack of creativity and over-reliance and dependability with a public agency that had you in their bed nonstop. Your participation and capitulation in a story that wasn't worthy of all the attention it received only further muddied up your reckless reputation with the public, all to skeptical of your MO and measly offerings.
WORST OFFENDERS: KPIX, KCBS, KTVU, hands down.
WELL-REPORTED, UNDERSTATED, and JUST THE FACTS: Props to KNTV, (NBC Bay Area) and KRON. KQED Radio.
*Bravo to Ted Robinson for having the courage to repeatedly denounce the absurdity of the last, (4th), fake practice game involving the 49ers-SD Chargers game last night. That's what separates Robinson from the amateurs.
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