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*I post an innocuous item on the assassination of JFK and the ensuing comments produce a Macarthur-Maze size portion of debate about politics, Jackie O, partisan bickering, ultra-kvetching. I know the country is screwed up and here's proof positive.
*Black Friday, Thanksgiving: the vultures are already lined up and it's only Sunday. I would love just one, 1!, media outlet here, SF, to merely open their broadcast with a real news story and offer a quick glimpse of the schlubs at the local Walmart but that'll happen when Tom Raponi and Lee Rosenthal sing Hey Jude.
*Your basic handbook to local TV News Thursday: 1. 4-minute package at Glide Memorial. 2. Talk to 2-3 folks standing in line and waiting for meal. 3. Get the obligatory five-second actuality of volunteer who took time from family to serve the poor. 4. Close out live shot with obligatory reporter telling anchor that Glide serves thousands of meals everyday, not just Thanksgiving.
Here's a thought: why not be creative?!! No knock on Glide and St. Anthony or all the various charitable churches and outreaches which feed the poor, the homeless, on Thanksgiving. Why not do the newscast DIRECT from Glide. If you're going to exploit, and I'm sorry, this is exploitation when you really look at it, shut up, put your money where your mouth is and give $50 grand to the church, all of you, (KNTV, KGO, KTVU, KPIX,); then at least your usual cliché-driven, overbearing, disingenuous opener on Turkey Day adds some real meat to the presentation and isn't another standardized stuffer. And then Glide has the cash to get more stuffing too so see, it works.
*Speaking of JFK/Dallas, I heard and watched the various specials--most were very good, telling, emotional, even sad to this observer who was little more than a year old on that day. What stood out, still to this day: the remarkable Zapruder film, (what were the odds?), Ruby shooting Oswald, (with the honking horn audible a second before), and Jackie's piling on the back of the motorcade. Yes, of course it was overload coverage but in this case, it was deserving and a reminder of something truly historic not your usual mumbo-jumbo TV.
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