TV newsreader goes “oops”

May 30, 2006 12:59 PM

You don’t have to watch “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” to know that sometimes, TV news anchors can be a bunch of airheads who merely read words off an autocue.

And I love it when pompous TV newsreaders get it wrong, especially those on tabloid-ish programs. This just in …

From Sydney Morning Herald:

Australian commander in East Timor Brigadier Michael Slater appeared this morning in a live cross from Dili to the Nine Network’s Today show, with helmeted and heavily armed Australian soldiers standing behind him.

He was pressed by Today host Jessica Rowe about whether Dili really was as safe as the Australian military claimed, given the presence of armed soldiers at his shoulder.

Pausing briefly, Brig Slater replied: “Jessica I feel quite safe, yes, but not because I’ve got these armed soldiers behind me that were put there by your stage manager here to make it look good.”

“I don’t need these guys here.”

And there would be one more oopsie in the same interview. Read the article for more. Classic.

8 thoughts on “TV newsreader goes “oops”

  1. Rob

    that’s hillarious.
    that doesn’t surprise me at all. Sad fact is that news is staged/flavoured for entertainment value these days as that’s what the public wants. dumb it down, colour it black and white to get a reaction. no one wants facts and details, that’ll force us to think!

  2. mooiness Post author

    I doubt that the 6 o’clock news segments would be dumbed down any further, I hope not anyway.

    In terms of credibility of the “news” on free-to-air TV from highest to lowest:
    ABC / SBS
    Commercial stations – 6pm segments
    Commercial stations – morning “news” shows
    Commercial stations – 6:30pm tabloid shows

  3. damion

    oops indeed…
    i guess its like first nature to make SEA countries look bad? there’s always coverage in a bad way from foreign medias…
    from what i’ve seen anyway…

  4. mooiness Post author

    damion: it’s not that, it’s more the fact that they sometimes over dramatise something that isn’t. And that includes things within Australia as well. 🙂

  5. Widescreen

    Don’t think for a minute that News on the ABC is not dumbed down or staged for it’s audience.

    All News is. The ABC likes to think it’s up on the commercials, but in many ways it is like them. The viewer likes to think they are smarter because they watch ABC or SBS. It’s just the ABC hides it better.


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