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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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  1. Avatar Michael Cain
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    If we airdropped them into the analogous place in any of the big fires, we would only have to listen to them report once. Maybe not at all, as the descent would likely be fatal.Report

  2. Avatar CJColucci
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    My own pet peeve is the live stand-up outside a courthouse, where an newsworthy trial is taking place, on the 11:00 p.m. news. The actual trial broke at about 5:00 and the participants are long gone. Maybe the judge and the judge’s clerks are working late on instructions or trial motions, but if so they are in chambers and won’t be walking out soon for comment.
    Why not tape the stand-up when things are going on? You can have shots of the lawyers and the parties, maybe get a comment. What is the point of sending a reporter and camera crew out late at night when nothing is going on and there are no arresting visuals?Report

  3. Avatar Chip Daniels
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    My favorite was when tv editors decide to make everything LIVE.
    Like, I saw once they had a report about one of the local beach cities was wrestling with the issue of sand erosion, and the City Council was having a commission draft a report on the issue.

    So of course at the 11 PM news, a reporter was standing LIVE ON THE BEACH reporting in breathless tones about this breaking story.Report

  4. Avatar Damon
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    I don’t know how much a tv weather guy makes in pay a year, but I’m sure it’s more than what I do. I’ll stand in the middle of a hurricane for several hundred k a year. Blizzard too.Report

  5. Avatar LTL FTC
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    If there is anything out there that is stupid, pointless, and absolutely going nowhere, it’s newscasters reporting outdoors during hurricanes.

    Except maybe people closing behind them.Report

  6. Avatar Mike Schilling
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    Old father, old artificer, stand me now and ever in good stead.Report

  7. Avatar Pinky
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    I think the value comes out in the “we’re on your side” ads. The news guy interviewing a politician, the sports guy laughing with a local legend, and the weather guy’s face through last year’s storm. Don’t forget, everyone, we’re your local channel. Next sweeps month: our consumer reporter helps out people in neighborhoods you’ve heard of!
    (Copywright 2020 Nextstar Broadcasting Group)Report

  8. Avatar Burt Likko
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    LIVE ACTION SHOTS of inanimate objects has been a staple of local news for decades now, and it’s still silly.Report

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