Boy, I probally shouldn't bring this back to the top, but I just wanted to say that this was totally an accident.
I've worked in small market TV news for the last 8 years, five of those years as a director, and let me tell you, it is really easy for something
like this to happen. all of the videos are shot and edited before hand, but everything else (the order of stories, the anchors, and any keys) is live
come newstime. All it takes is one wrong video to roll and this kinda thing happens. I remember one time when I was switching I put the wrong camera
behind our weather guy, usually we used an outdoor shot and I accidentally put up our liveshot which was showing a forkfull of leutifisk. Luckily in
my case though, no one thought there was giant floating leutifisk in the sky
Another point of interest for media folk, KMSP just went tapeless in January, that means almost full automation. There are fewer and fewer live people
involved that would ordinarilly catch this type of error.
I also wanted to clarify the fact that KMSP 9 is an affiliate of FOX, not a "FOX news" station. They have only been a FOX affiliate since 2002.
check the wiki and you can see they've gone through a few changes in programming.
All affiliacy means is that during primetime that channel airs FOX programming. They have nothing to do with FOX news, that is a completely diferent
entity. "FOX news" is a TV Channel, FOX is a TV Network. Even being owned by a fox company means very little as far as this story goes, Owners have
almost no say in what gets broadcast, that is left up to the programming and news departments. Owners can have a say in talent and look, but not
content. Generally the News Director has final say in what airs, and even then it has to go through a few producers, editors, and directors to get on
There are crooked news directors of course, pay for stories and all that. I've even worked with a few people who've had an agenda of sorts. Problem
is, in order to put something like that on the air, it has to go through a whole heap of people. Chances are someone will catch it or refuse to air
it. Also, by airing something untrue, you can hurt your credability and lose viewers or advertisors. Luckilly for most broadcaster, todays public
isn't as dilligent in their fact checking.
I am currently employed by a FOX affiliate myself, since december, I have also worked for UPN and ABC affiliates, I can tell you with confidence that
none of these stations took orders from the Network, each place runs with its own News department and News director who call the shots.
OK, Soapbox off, I hope we all learned something about TV. It's just normal folks punching buttons. Mistakes happen and things aren't always as they
seem. I would encourage everyone to take the time to look up your local TV stations and see if they would give you a tour, maybe even let you stay and
watch a show go on, it will give you a new understanding of what it takes to put a show on the air.
Thanks for listening, feel free to ask questions.