EAST SIDE STORY
It was hardly the average commute to work this particular morning: the scene, just a few blocks from here, of a column of smoke rising from an East Side townhouse (make that "former" townhouse), while five or more helicopters circled like bees up above. The "back story" of what brought down the townhouse gets more interesting by the hour... it looks like it involves a doctor, an estranged spouse, Hitler and suicide... in no particular order. However interesting the story, however exclusive the neighborhood, all day long we've been playing the difficult and familiar game of balance, which is pretty common around these parts. Put simply: if this same explosion happened today in Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Denver or Beverly Hills, Calif., would it warrant a full-blown report on our broadcast? Part of the answer is: it is what it is, and thus defies comparisons... the East Side of Columbus just isn't a fair comparison. We are weighing it against other news and by air time you will get to see our decision, which hasn't been made yet.
In another league entirely is our dominant story of this day: what has become of Iraq. As one producer put it in our editorial meeting, "If this isn't civil war, I don't know what one looks like." We will hear from our own Mike Boettcher and Gen. Barry McCaffrey. I will try to get the general to share with you some of what he had to say at our news division briefing last week.
We have an interesting story tonight on insurance troubles in the Storm Zone, and an equally interesting piece (in light of the awful scene our WVIT-TV cameras captured in New London, Conn., this weekend when an elderly driver lost control of a car and injured 27 people) on elderly drivers, by George Lewis... who effectively makes himself a small part of this story tonight.
In the realm of the Web, the secrets of our industry are no longer secret, as of the publication this very morning of this piece in USA Today. TVNewser is the work of an enterprising young man, and it's often how people in television journalism know what's going on in our business.
Another great Web story: I have finally found a political candidate I can support. A candidate with great qualities: loyalty, kindness, a kind of shaggy nobility, unconditional love and great character. The only downside: occasional saliva issues, and soiling of household rugs (thought that's mostly behind him). He is Brinkley (I guess because Bono made the whole "one name" thing so incredibly cool) and he's running for governor of Alaska. Besides, when was the last time you wanted to scratch YOUR candidate for governor behind the ear? Or see if you could make him do that "thumper" thing with his leg? And it's all for a good cause.
In sports: what was that French guy thinking?
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