Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Triumph He Didn’t

Just when I was searching for something to post, an iPhone fan kicks a reporter to the proverbial curb. It happened in Burbank when KTLA’s Eric Spillman was trolling for soundbites amid a sea of Apple enthusiasts. All was going well until Spillman asked one of the techno-sycophants had he ever seen a woman naked. The answer is a cringe-inducing lesson in the perils of live TV that I’ve watched, oh, about two dozen times now. Not to come down too hard on our correspondent; I’m sure Spillman is more than qualified to chew up newscast airtime every morning. But in a world where too many local news reporters take their cue from The Daily Show, it’s hard not to giggle when they fail so spectacularly. So, what have we learned? If you’re going to ape the shtick of a certain caustic hand puppet, you’d better have the comic chops to back it up. Spillman didn’t and he got spanked. Then again, the resulting clip is far more beneficial to mankind than anything you’d normally see on the morning news. And for that we should ALL be grateful...

3 comments:

EL-GUAPO said...

It's nice to see a thoughtful, intelligent person trash a reporter's live shot. Typically the toothless, drunks steal all the thunder.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen a naked women?

I saw your mom at the Juggles and Jiggle!

Anonymous said...

10-4 El Guapo!
Some of us in our newsroom were talking about that very type of "journalist"...some co-workers were ooo-ing & ahhhing over video (on CNN)of the camper taking down the bank drive-thru awning! Big WHOOP! That's what youtube is for!

I gotta get out!