SUV Crashes in Mass’ South Coast Apple Store, WBZ-TV’s I-Team Kicks in…

Excuse me while I cringe…

First off, Apple Stores are mostly in malls or in exterior buildings in big cities. Sometimes Apple Stores are spotted to have outside entry in suburbs in places like in the Bay Area, but I was surprised that in Hingham, Massachusetts,  is one of those Apple Stores that you can enter from a parking lot, and not have to through the mall.

As of this writing, an employee of the store is one of those where were killed, and 16 other individuals are injured. It’s safe to make some assumption that Apple employee was likely the front person like you see at all the other Apple Stores…

But WBZ-TV decided to use their branded enterprise journalism units to dig deeper, because the curiosity of an SUV driver driving into the signature glass of the store needed more info.

The I-Team dates back to the days when Channel 4 was once owned by Westinghouse’s broadcast division, and when Joe Bergantino was the lead of the unit, and had a decorative career at Boston’s Channel 4. But like many of the CBS O&Os, it’s known to be the Cheaply Run division of the ol Tiffany Network. For one thing the founder of CBS Bill Paley would a) not want to own so many and b) he would invest in the stations… oh wait boldfaced lie… Paley was cheapening the flagships, WCBS-TV was already lousy in news quality by the time he retired and sold the network to Larry Tisch by 1985, what am I to kid?

The stations that became part of CBS’s O&Os are really hard to identify. KPIX is a mess, KYW was already a WCBS-TV South by 2002; WJZ has always been like “there’s only one ‘JZ” and KDKA is been stable, trying to cover up the sags of the metaphoric Round Eye

Worse the I-Team just went on “sources” closer to the situation. Anyways the I-Team outside of these stories, more consumer investigative, and quasi investigative criminal journalism.

At least Boston still has Mike Beaudet; who can still do great enterprise reporting, and you still need more time past the 8 minutes he can do. There’s hope right?

Crisis in Masculinity: Editorials in the Edit Bay

As I ingest video, log the clips, remember nuances, prepare names and statistics for our off-air “Chyron” system and to display live on-air too, with nearly 2 hours of video that had been captured for a 2 minute 30 second package… I ponder…

  • that my father had repeatedly denied creating me, then had no audacity to tell anyone – adult or child in the family. Not only this but he treated my two half-siblings as hierarchal children well into their adulthoods, but found out on a Facebook post (of which I was gaslit because I had posted it publicly; even in a tone of low key and fact-first. Jeez, why the hell do journalists struggle with families?
  • Why can women degrade men in this modernest society? I have felt that way for a number of years. More than 2 decades.
  • Has the NBC News’ Standards & Practices pay attention to their freelancers like MSNBC-dot-com columnist Liz Plank, who is NOT a U.S. citizen who has since May of 2022 spread venom to the most vulernable men in society since the repeal of Roe v. Wade? If I can’t get my First Amendment protection as a lifer, why the hell is some erratic  “feminist that loves men” can say whatever she wants and get away with it – but if I said something that offended an entire half of the world’s population, I would get canceled?
  • Ms. Plank is the same writer who wrote on her own Substack comparing self pleasure (or mastrubation) to mass murder. Perhaps it may had had been an MSNBC-dot-com reject, and if that was the case, good for them!
  • I am sorry, the late Tom Synder would say on his ol ABC Radio talk show around 1991 “the networks got rid of the standards [later “& practices”] department years ago.”
  • Then I wonder, how the f-ck can Jordan Peterson be a freeloader of free speech and he’s a f-cking Canadian too?
  • I guess some people would say I have strong views of women and I am starting to wonder if I hate women or strongly dislike them even if I admire them… must be that boyish autism in me…
  • But I wonder if the media will look at themselves for the constant man hating biases too…
  • If 6 does greenlight more packages, how am I going to tie the so called “manosphere” without offending 60% of the market that leans conservative?
  • Do we say Andrew Tate’s name, or Kevin Samuels, or the other whacked up YouTubers and Podcasters, or hell how do we incorporate Courtney Ryan in the mix, and be objective?
  • All I know as a point of fact (without too much bias), I was born as bastard child, from a man who was for all intensive purposes wanted to extend the family’s blood and was just a sperm machine. All I am is an object, a pawn, another prince in a matriarchy. Will never move up in a conservative family structure. 

Meanwhile people may think I am some cringe and fringe person. Maybe they’re right!

COMMENTARY: The Back story to The Crisis on Masculinity

Very rarely can you spook me. That’s the subtitle. I am not one that shrieks on a crazy Tweet or some wacky post from a Meta page on my personal Facebook. Like in news, there’s thresholds of what’s a news story and what’s even breaking. Masculinity is such a triggered subject, I have spooked one of the well known Boston area newsies, not once, but even twice in less than a year to the point the individual even offered to exchange telephone #s… that’s whole other story.

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Masculinity in Crisis, the Prescott Park Interview

There are some things that have come to my attention in a couple weekends after recording this as this was done on my time, and not the station, and it now feels like winter, as two weekends ago it felt like closer to 90°. Not complaining, though I have realized I made some errors…

  • On the handwritten notes of questions,  I had my URL to this site, I didn’t let them know.
  • I also didn’t identify myself, which to me felt odd
  • I went on the assumption they’re on social media and perhaps leaving big footprints on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook that one of them would have found the “logged” clip

I was extremely socially anxious despite “Kate”, the one on the left that was the more spoken of the two.

Masculinity in Crisis? 6 Bought the Story but…

After weeks on end trying to get management to put some story on their air, earlier in the week, we got the OK to air a package scheduled to air on the late news on Thanksgiving night. Still in that sweet spot for November Sweeps, but a few eyeballs will probably be watching 6 News. We air Home Alone and Home Alone 2 on Thanksgiving nights, preempting network programming, but lead-ins to the news is often misleading because we do not know for sure if the viewers are actually watching us.

But there was a condition, that they would only take one story (so far) and air no less than 2:30,  or 150 seconds of content, no further than that time frame.

Special projects stuff like this would require a multi part or a four minute package, but management is spooked out about what we might air. Regardless at least we will get something to air before the holidays. We could be ready by January to put more packages out to air for a February sweeps blowout of stories.

Masculinity Under Crisis?

In September I took the role of handling Special Projects and Creative Services at BCOP-TV Copenhagen. Why? because doing same day news is very taxing, to flip stories, edit them, voice them over and post them. I like to do longer form reporting on issues, and also promote the living crap out of them (that’s the part of Creative Services) as well high visual stimuli of videography and graphics.

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Do I love NH Media? No!

As a lifelong NH resident, it’s not that I had moved from say New York City and came to New Hampshire and said “what’s this crappy media outlets?” I think part of it was I was blessed to had traveled to many markets in the U.S. and had always had some realization since middle school that the Boston and Manchester market was radically different. But I maybe I didn’t travel to enough markets to get a grasp.

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VLOG: How to protect Outdoor Lego from UV damage as long as possible

LEGAL NOTE: It is not Anticipated or Expected that the lego company endorses this video; and is for adult users only. Like any plastics, Lego is not invincible from UV damage for being outdoors. On sunny days, you can see the age, on cloudy days they look more traditional.

In 2001 I visited Legoland California, and in 2019 I went there for the first time in 18 years. The Outdoor Miniland USA got baked in the sun and had received sun damage. Legoland Florida has only been opened for over a decade and there would be high suspicion that UV or heat damage could apply to Miniland objects. Legoland New York had opened in the midst of the pandemic in the Hudson Valley of NY, and it would be interesting to see how that Miniland fares overtime if the Legoland park managers had put trees and plants to protect bricks from extreme weather in the Northeast. This is the only way to protect your investment.

Vlog: On Journalism and Masculinity

It’s official: Masculinity is a crisis, but instead of trying to address, you’re attacking the most vulernable groups, the most sacred groups, men, young dudes, etc. Whether you’re fringe and cringe pickup artist, or a mens fashion youtuber that’s a woman, or a “feminist that loves men” and hosts a podcast – ALL of you are creating a ongoing toxic culture! Watch for a 38 minute video of where I came, how 2021 came to be, and how 2022 has been something that in 2017, would rattle my cage, given all the baggage I still carry. to. this. day!

 

News Music Monday: Chris Cuomo’s new theme NewsNation!

#NewsMusicMonday has such a catchy feel. Many of you may not be aware of promotional stuff and the branding of newscasts, or you maybe news music nut! Regardless I love to highlight it as that’s one of my focuses here on @MinifigNewsguy…

I’m not going to go political… but I had no intentions to capture the first night of another opinion show… but the theme is pretty cool. Stephen Arnold Music had composed this theme and recently shared it on their YouTube. Whether you like Chris Cuomo or the Cuomos, that’s outside the scope of this site; the sonic branding is just rock awesome!

SAM also was behind the original theme when NewsNation was the block on the ol WGN America; as I said on Facebook at the time, it was sounded down market and it does have a sedating melody, which could impact the ratings if viewers can’t engage. The Cuomo theme has a tune to the ol Wednesday Night Rivalries on the ol NBCSN

I am planning to a resync with a Stephen Arnold Music theme, it was supposed to be done for September but I slipped, I did resync with WGN-TV’s signature Chicago’s Very Own to highlight the importance of having strong auditory branding.

I like doing this feature on my socials, because if music branding does impact a ratings share by 15%, well then it does have importance, and does it help start your week? I sure need it and I hope you do too!

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