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What is News Nowadays?

I was watching the evening news yesterday and the station (Boston’s Channel 7, I believe) did a story about anti-terrorism efforts in Massachusetts. They talked about how the towns of Raynham, Taunton, Bridgewater and one other town (the name escapes me) have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to be prepared if a terrorism attack occurs in their community.

This included providing all law enforcement, fire protection, and emergency/medical employees with cell phones that provide text messaging and other capabilities. These all somehow connect to central stations in each town so that they can all assist a neighboring town in the event that one town is attacked. They also mentioned some sort of detection devices installed on telephone poles and utility poles (whether cameras or chemical detection devices I don’t know).

My question is this. Why there? Why isn’t this being done in big cities or areas likely to be targeted? There are no nuclear power plants in those towns. There are no high profile buildings or historic destinations in those towns. The closest thing to a target I can think of is a greyhound race track. I don’t get it.

And speaking of news…I’ve seen Entertainment Tonight and the national CBS news provide the strangest interviews these past two days. We all know that Bill Clinton has written a book. 60 Minutes had Dan Rather perform an “exclusive” interview with the former Prez and it will air on Sunday night. In anticipation of that interview, other news shows are interviewing the interviewer (Dan Rather). It’s the weirdest thing. Interviewers were asking silly questions like “What was it like interviewing Bill Clinton?” or, “How did you feel when Bill Clinton said XYZ?”.

Come on, people! Who cares? Are there so few things to report that you have to interview fellow reporters about what took place during another interview?

HMMMM? I think my runny nose has put me in a bad mood.


  1. Comment by matt on June 18, 2004 8:19 pm

    actually, i’ve been wondering all day what it was like for dan rather to interview bill clinton. …how did it feel?

  2. Comment by Karl on June 18, 2004 10:36 pm

    Well, as a person who witnessed the interviewers interverviewing the interviewer who interviewed the former President, I would say that Dan Rather seemed calm and impressed with Bill Clinton’s responses to his questions.

    I think I should be interviewed as a viewer of the interview by the interviewer of the interviewer of Bill Clinton.

  3. Comment by chris on June 21, 2004 3:47 pm

    its monday! arent you neglecting your blog audience?

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