Pittsburgh TV News Rant

Pittsburgh TV news reporting sucks.

Why are Pittsburghers are so bloody obsessed with weather? Between that and sports there’s barely any real news reported. I really don’t give a flying fig about Super Mega Kickass Vibromatic Storm Chaser 6000 and how it can slice and dice and make julean fries. Just give me a simple 5-day forecast and a little detail about tomorrow and shut the hell up!

As for sports, I enjoyed watching the Steelers beat the Seahags in the Superbowl and all, but can the celebration please stop? Then there’s the plight of the Penguins. I’m getting really sick of all the speculation. Leave the issue alone until something newsworthy happens, like the team moving to another city or Pittsburgh spending millions of dollars it doesn’t have on a new arena. Lastly, if I have to hear the sob story of Pitt’s early loss in the NCAA tournament one more time, I might go postal. They lost. Get over it and move on.

After you’ve suffered through a half hour of weather and sports, what kind of news gets reported? We hear about 5 minutes of sound bites about important world events (Iraq war, genocide in Sudan, etc.) and the remainder is local interest crap. Reporting local news is fine in moderation, but one can only watch footage of a broken down PAT bus for so long.

I shouldn’t have to watch PBS (Zzzzz) or be lucky enough to get BBC America in order to get decent national and international news. Before you say it, I get neither CNN nor Fox News, nor do I care to. If I want biased news, I’ll stick to reading blogs.


Comments 6

  1. emily t wrote:

    Funny story…Katie and I watched ER last week and the first few minutes of the 11:00 news that followed. There was the potential for us to get an inch or two of snow, which, in all truthfulness, did cause a couple of fatalities earlier in the week. Regardless, the first story was “Let’s go live to the North Side where it may start snowing at any time.” I cannot believe that in the city of Pittsburgh, the most important and dramatic story is that it “may” start snowing.

    As you may or may not recall, no snow was on the ground Friday morning….

    Posted 21 Mar 2006 at 4:59 pm
  2. Lightwave wrote:

    I’m with Funky on the biased news. CNN Left, Fox Right (fair and balanced, anyone who watches believe that?), and local news is whatever the editor’s agenda is.

    I figure if I listen to NPR in the morning and Rush Limbaugh in the afternoon maybe the left and right will balance out. Usually all that happens is a bit of nausea.

    If you do happen to find that un-biased news, please let the world know where it is 😉

    Posted 22 Mar 2006 at 8:28 am
  3. Rob wrote:


    No one watches the news where they do the simple 5 day weather. Well, except you and me, which really proves how out of fashion it would be! 🙂

    As for “why all the extraneous Gizmo detail, it’s actually because Pittsburgh is a forecaster’s nightmare. We tend to get three separate streams that determine our weather. Historically, weather prediction has been terrible here. Joe said it would — and it didn’t. They’re trying to prove to you that they’re doing the best they can. The last day of the 5-day is almost voodoo.

    Finally, between floods and that nasty winter storm in the 1990s on March 21st, folks around here are jumpy. By hyping the anxiety, you create a feedback condition where people are more likely to watch your news.

    It’s what the public wants. The public are morons.

    Posted 22 Mar 2006 at 8:39 am
  4. Jerry wrote:

    I quite agree with your assessment, though in my opinion anyone who still bothers watching TV news is asking for the irritation.

    Posted 23 Mar 2006 at 5:43 pm
  5. Tom Smith wrote:

    I never, EVER watch TV news. It’s a waste of time. My sole source of news is the daily paper.

    Posted 26 Mar 2006 at 9:51 am
  6. Funky Dung wrote:

    “My sole source of news is the daily paper.”

    “Print is dead.” – Egon Spengler

    Posted 03 Oct 2006 at 3:52 pm

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