#TunedOut: Masculinity In Crisis? (First Run Story)

On Tuesday night at 10:00, the story that was hyped on my socials, “aired” that night. “Aired” meaning the magic of non linear editing, to make it appear that it actually came off the station’s airwaves (like the time and temperature bug.

The story was originally was supposed to air Thanksgiving night as the November sweeps period was about to end.  Management realized this was a story after the Andrew Tate developments circulated late December.

I call this the “sales tape”, a story idea pitch to management who happens to watch our newscasts, in a way to get political points with the management. That’s why the story has loose ends and jumps from subjects around. As time goes on our subjects will have on camera interviews as opposed to simulated remote IP based conference calls.

We intentionally made the story seductive as possible, including the snow effect (which I’ll cover on MNG Plus) and the freeze frame from The Man Enough Podcast was another way to show why it’s hard to be an innocent and honest young man.

The management OK’d 8 different packages up to 2:30 seconds long to air throughout February, at least 2 packages a week, most airing on our late newscast due to the highly toxic content we – ourselves as journalists and tape editors had to endure.

As this story progresses, the actual facts have to be halted or be rewritten into Voice Over/Sound on Tape. Why? Some of these cringe YouTubers and podcasters are actually breaking thresholds of 1/2 a million or more subscribers – this is part of our reporting to show how much a large figure of subscribers could be influencing things In Real Life.

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Should the New York Local Market be pissed off for Neglecting George Santos? HELL YEAH!

Congress seat holder, George Santos, from New York, recently elected, but I cannot use the phrase “disgraced” because he is still in office despite, lies, upon lies, deception upon deception and phony stories upon phony stories that makes the Brian Williams scandal at NBC News seem like child’s play. I use BriWi because it’s the closet thing I could recall of a major figure in an institutionalized world that did a lot of over embellishing.

The day or two after New Years, Maggie Haberman from The New York Times said some strong words about the local New York market loosing its credibility to CNN. Not too long after, Charlie Sykes from The Bulwark Podcast characterized the failure in “the New York media ecosystem” a phrase that’s kinda like a cliche to Sykes vocab, not to offend him or anything.

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Comparing 2 Stations with 1 Story…which station was more vindictive?

Let’s compare 2 copies from the two TV stations after the situation with Alexandra Eckersley

from Amy Coveno from WMUR-TV,  on Tuesday…more than a day after the incident

A judge set bail Tuesday for a homeless woman accused of giving birth in the woods and abandoning her newborn on Christmas night.

Alexandra Eckersley, 26, appeared in court by phone from a hospital and pleaded not guilty to charges including second-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child, falsifying physical evidence and reckless conduct.

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I swear to gawd Mama I didn’t “go there”! Amy Coveno Blocks @MinifigNewsguy on Twitter

Edited 12-28-2022 at 10:36 ET for clarity 

I can say raunchy things. I could be a creep at times. I could invade personal lives of journalists. I could say “you’re a fake news artist” if I wanted to. But I don’t because I respect the work and the job. I bet it’s not easy.  It’s not to say that I disrespect the ones who disrespect themselves. Today that’s Amy Coveno from WMUR-TV in Manchester


Coveno who has a history of favoring “heroes” such as first responders has not been a punishable offense. In 2016 she was caught in a public email defending the Manchester police department after a mass department situation.

Coveno, who is involved with CASA the local child’s rights organization per to her bio on the station’s website was assigned to the story of a 26 year old woman giving birth pre maturely outside of a Manchester neighborhood-   homeless living in a tent and dialed 9-1-1. The premature child was found elsewhere and the woman is charge for felony for abandoning the newborn. The Boston stations added (via confirmation) that the woman,  Alexandra Eckersly is the daughter to the recently retired NESN color announcer for the Red Sox

WMUR-TV decided to just skate past it.  Now with that aside Coveno 5,600th tweet was this cringe (via a reply that another reporter that tagged her before the identity was released.

“First responder are in my heart tonight” tagging the Manchester, NH police department, the Manchester (UK) fire department (most likely inadvertent) and the AMR Manchester Twitter (the private sector EMS company for the city) Then yours truly felt he had to call her out

then she went classy…

of course I couldn’t let up for a few hours until the Merrimack outlets gas leak from falling ledge became the area story. In fact copters were flying by the base operations of @MinifigNewsguy but with my new iPad 10 arriving my priorities were different.

But there are so many ethical violations Coveno did. First why is she still assigned to stories involving law enforcement and second why is she allowed to do work that should be the responsibly of the stations Community Connection program? Third – the CASA conflict?

Also why is News 9 Investigates being used? This reminds me of the Hingham Apple Store event the local stations use their enterprise journalism branding  as entertainment value. It’s like “New Development” a catchphrase to tag a different part of the same story on the same wheel of the same newscast.

I don’t worry anymore as 2022 closes if I’m a credible newsie. People IRL are completely unethical and are lacking a filter and I’ve always held to a higher standard that local media in the Top Ten market that have stopped to a low level of ethical trash. It makes me sick.

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CNBC’s 2005 Christmas Gift – Garbage Packaging

On the week of aprox. December 16th, 2005, CNBC had rolled out a new brand that replaced the fun, flirty, edgy, aggressive package that was used when they relocated from Fort Lee to Englewood Cliffs, N.J. CNBC had been a close tie to Pyburn Films, a motion graphics design firm. They had done promos for CNBC before, and their previous graphics package before they moved. Whoever at CNBC was running promotions, apparently loves blue. Dark blue. Sick blue. Sick Building Syndrome Blue.

Before we go to late 2005 (of which I had watched a lot that first week of it’s new look because I believe I caught the flu, one of two instances before I caught COVID a year ago to the day.)

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#NewsMusicMonday: 615 Music’s First Known Theme Package (WKRN Nashville in 1984)

Before the days 615 Music became a juggernaut in the 1990s; before WMAQ-TV’s Newswire. or KGO-TV’s News One, or KPIX’s Battery, or WRAL’s In-Sink, or KCBS/KCAL’s Viacom News Package, there was their allegedly first theme, Let’s Get Involved. Long before the days of newer versions with say a Let’s Get Involved V2; WKRN and 615 Music except for 2 years in almost 40 years had been homies as I tweeted out Sunday night. Other stations in the market had used 615 Music over the years, and 615 Music as of 2022 is just a brand of themes composed before the big merger in the Warner-Chappell’s Production Music division.

WKRN is still using 615 packages, Propulsion has been used since the station did a dramatic rebrand in late 2016. Meanwhile part creator of 615 Music, Randy Watchler and his adult son founded 11/One Music and competing station WSMV had switch to 11/One from 615 Music earlier this year. It’s unclear if WKRN would switch to 11/One given Nexstar tends to be settling with Stephen Arnold Music for any new themes, and any station still using 615 Music/Warner Chappell will probably keep using it.

 

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