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Old 12-06-2007, 01:50 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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I don't watch the local news very much, the most I catch is either the weather when it rains (trusty ol' Johnny Mountain) or a promo or something during a show for the 10 or 11 o clock news. Couldn't tell you who all the newscasters are now.

On this forum there's obviously alot of talk about the cost of living and affordability. Have you ever seen it covered on the news?

Any channel? Any station?

Real affordability, not artifically low inflation that isn't true.

What would be a bigger story in LA?

Cost of living, traffic, illegals, schools, the four biggest stories in LA, which you never see much coverage of. Do you think journalists have failed their job to report the true news of the city?
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Earth
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I don't watch the local news very much, the most I catch is either the weather when it rains (trusty ol' Johnny Mountain) or a promo or something during a show for the 10 or 11 o clock news. Couldn't tell you who all the newscasters are now.

On this forum there's obviously alot of talk about the cost of living and affordability. Have you ever seen it covered on the news?

Any channel? Any station?

Real affordability, not artifically low inflation that isn't true.

What would be a bigger story in LA?

Cost of living, traffic, illegals, schools, the four biggest stories in LA, which you never see much coverage of. Do you think journalists have failed their job to report the true news of the city?
I think TV journalism in the US has failed its job in general, but that's another story in itself.
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Old 12-06-2007, 05:47 AM
 
Location: FULCI LIVES!!!(but not in Indiana)
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Howard Stern has covered it I think
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:21 AM
 
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On this forum there's obviously alot of talk about the cost of living and affordability. Have you ever seen it covered on the news?

Any channel? Any station?
Over the years, I've seen segments about it on Live and Times on KCET(PBS). Even then, they try to marginalize it to a situation that's unique to "the poor"(meaning: not "us"). Then they immediately go on some tirade about instituting a (phony) "living wage" for the "working poor". But I guess some news is better than no news.

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Do you think journalists have failed their job to report the true news of the city?
Duh! But I'm starting to think that that's their purpose.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I don't watch the local news very much, the most I catch is either the weather when it rains (trusty ol' Johnny Mountain) or a promo or something during a show for the 10 or 11 o clock news. Couldn't tell you who all the newscasters are now.

On this forum there's obviously a lot of talk about the cost of living and affordability. Have you ever seen it covered on the news?

Any channel? Any station?

Real affordability, not artificially low inflation that isn't true.

What would be a bigger story in LA?

Cost of living, traffic, illegals, schools, the four biggest stories in LA, which you never see much coverage of. Do you think journalists have failed their job to report the true news of the city?
It is covered in the print media and in electronic media (City-Data for example). It seems TV news has a different role.

cost of living cities - Google Search

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The World Champion Los Angeles Times has lots of cost of living affordability articles and blogs.

cost of living cities - Google Search

Liz Pulliam Weston - Los Angeles Times

L.A. Land: Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times - Real Estate News & Information (http://www.latimes.com/tools/career-more.jsp?section=%2Fclassified%2Frealestate%2Fnews - broken link)

Now here's a weather guy


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Old 12-06-2007, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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A week or two ago, the Times did some stories on the front page about the falling dollar, costs in europe. How it affected, I think farmers in france and retailers over there.

Funny they never seem to do stories about the falling dollar in LA, almost anything rent related, or commute times.

I've noticed it too, that any financial problems are always those of the "poor", certainly not us! Always marginalized and pushed to a little corner.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:56 PM
 
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TV news is infotainment, not journalism. Any story about the problems illegals bring gets shot down as racist. The rest of the issues you list just aren't sexy and don't have an easy scapegoat to blame. But run a teaser about who some actwhore is sleeping with or how your family will die from the hidden danger in your bathroom, and people will tune in at 11:00.
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Old 12-07-2007, 10:22 AM
 
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Issues like cost of living and traffic can't be covered in a 30 second soundbite. Not to mention that most TV viewers wouldn't understand what the hell they were talking about even if they did report it.
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The local news cannot report on general topics. They need a specific story and it has to be relevant to their viewers. Everyone already knows that LA housing costs are astronomicly high and out of synch with middle class incomes. Everyones knows about the illegal alien invasion. Everyone knows about environmental issues. And the response from a news reporter would be - what about it? They need a specific story to report.
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Old 12-07-2007, 01:50 PM
 
Location: West LA
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Issues like cost of living and traffic can't be covered in a 30 second soundbite. Not to mention that most TV viewers wouldn't understand what the hell they were talking about even if they did report it.
+1

Most Americans are about this smart:

Isn't Europe A Country? at Kontraband
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