The first trickle of devastating news came through facebook, links to some still images. Then another link. Turn on the tv, maybe they’ll be on the case. When they did get on the story they showed some of the same things already available online, some grade school explanations on how earthquakes happen, and some “exclusive YouTube videos” which was kinda sad. Everyone has exclusive YouTube video access.
The feeds from NHK that were being rebroadcast were gripping, watching live as homes were swept away in a torrent of debris heading towards roads with moving cars. Tragedy as it happens. Were those people safe? Is there a Tsunami headed to Tokyo? Lots of concern and questions: screw work I’m going to stay up late and see it as it happens.
All of a sudden the “major” networks end the coverage of a major natural disaster and pull out their nightly jokers, cuz we gotta have that daily dose of sexual innuendo and frat boy humor. Incredibly, Fox 11 kept with the coverage until 2am it seems. (H/T LA Observed) But I still hate Fox News.
The worst culprits and winners of the Culero of the Week award goes to ABC 7. A few minutes into their minimal coverage of the Japanese Earthquake they cut it with “Breaking News” of some raid on the home of Charlie Sheen. Are you serious? Did you all see that? I almost threw my chancla at the TV.
Today they tried to make up for that indiscretion by sending out TWO media vans to Little Tokyo.
Too late fools.