Joseph Abbott (faxpaladin) wrote,
Joseph Abbott

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Surreality TV

So, for whatever reason, one of the TVs along the newsroom wall is tuned to CNN. "The Situation Room" has just started its second hour. The urgent music plays, finishes as the image cuts, as usual, from the titles "live" to the titles playing on the massive banks of monitors that dominate the set. The camera pulls back from the screen to pan across... empty set. Wolf Blitzer is reporting from the field, you see -- somewhere in the Mideast, presumably -- so the program opens by showing Blitzer on the left column while images of JonBenet Ramsey appear on the other screens, followed by images of all the reporters getting ready to report on the arrest of a suspect in her murder.

I suppose it's easier than hauling all the splitscreens out to wherever Wolf is...
Tags: news, tv

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