"Everyone makes mistakes--move on."
From a reader, commenting on the latest blunder from the geniuses over at KTVU-- your community TV News leader in teleprompter mayhem, gross graphics misidentification of their own anchors, more weather teases than a Broadway strip club and overall general malaise inside the newsroom and building in Jack London Square.
Am I piling on? No, Channel 2 keeps piling on itself. Hell, you'd think someone whose job it is to get it right would occasionally get it right. But KTVU is rudderless. There is no accountability, no captain around to guide this sinking ship; the once-great journalistic TV bastion is a shell of itself and has reached the top level of joke status in the Bay Area broadcast community.
*The latest mistake involved a graphic misidentifying Ken Pritchett as "Ken Wayne" at the beginning of the "10 O'clock News" for a good ten minutes Friday Night. TEN MINUTES. Hey, it's a mistake, move on.
*On Thursday night on said show, a series of electronic gaffes littered the screen. Anchor Julie Haener was on camera at least 5 seconds looking straight into the teleprompter, saying nothing and looking awkward, eyes agape. --apparently the camera wasn't intended for her shot. Oops. But hey, it's a mistake, move on
*A few weeks back on an evening newscast, a story about "Bay to Breakers" included a graphic "Pubic Intoxication" --clearly, there are serious issues in this outsourced department at KTVU but since it keeps on occurring nobody has been taken to task, talked to, warned, after all, tweeting about "American Idol" seems to be a more important chore at 2 Jack London Square.
Piling on? Who the fuck piled on here? Was it Rich Lieberman who misidentified, for 10 fucking minutes Ken Wayne for Ken Pritchett? Was it me who put the camera on Haener looking just like a shark bit her ass? Was it I in the graphics who spelled out "PUBIC Intoxication"? WTF!
We repeat: KTVU, the once gold-standard of SF Bay Area TV News has serious issues. It's embarrassing. It's sort of sad really. Particularly when it involves a news operation that gets worse, worser by the day. Nobody is minding the store. The GM is a close-minded zombie from the sales department who needs to get his head out of his ass! The News Director makes Special Ed look like Fred Zehnder.
These idiots are destroying an iconic TV station. They have graffiti on the building. They marginalize good people like Sal Castaneda and Frank Somerville and Ken Wayne and Vacar and Roth and stained the image of Rita Williams.
So, please --NO, hey It's only a mistake --that worked yesterday. Today is a different story. Matter of fact, there are so many issues at KTVU, mistakes, malapropos galore, internal bickering, and a management team that hasn't a clue.
Imagine a Managing Editor from News tweeting out "American Idol" bullshit. What, the marketing department couldn't find a low level reporter? How pathetic.
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