posted on May, 26 2008 @ 01:55 AM
That was a pretty entertaining (and somewhat disturbing) video.
I've worked in local tv news for about 8 years now and I've seen plenty of those types of feeds. I've also heard more than a few things that
shouldn't have been said on a feed or in the studio just because someone didn't realize the mic was open. This guy has a great collection of slip
ups. I can't believe that even in the 90's the people (candidates AND newscasters no less) caught in the act didn't understand the concept of a
These feeds are still out there if you have the dish and receiver, although after seeing this I'm sure the people behind the scenes or working for
the various candidates have learned to either warn the guy beforehand or hit the mute switch between segments to prevent loose tongues.
They said in the video that little rock was intercepting the signals, but they can't block other people from getting it or the station they are
sending it to wouldn't get it either. Many digital satellite transmissions are encrypted nowadays so for certain events you would need a special code
to unlock it. They basically transmit for the station they are sending it to only. I'm sure it isn't foolproof though, if you have the equiptment,
know how, and coordinates, you could watch any live feed you want.
Ten bucks says everyone is a little more careful about what they say now though. Just a few months ago I remember watching a John Edwards rally live
feed that had live picture for about an hour before hand but the audio was just the house music, no mics. Pity, I would have loved to hear what the
people behind the podium were up to. On a smaller scale, listening to people that have never done a feed before asking the stagehands questions or a
reporter in the field talking with the people back at the station is pretty entertaining and still happens frequently.
In a small market, anchors and reporters can get fired if the wrong person overhears something like what some of these guys say (Robertson
especially). Larry King, and probably a lot of the big shot anchors, are most likely an exception since it is more or less their show, if it gets back
to the public, that may be a different story. I'm not even surprised by Larry's comments though, he wants these guys to like him, if they like him
they will come back on the show again. I'm sure he'd say anything to get on their good side whether he believes it or not.
I think a lot of this video speaks more to politics than media in the sense that a lot of the things they caught were spoken by various candidates and
advisers, the fact that the media wouldn't touch it after the fact just means they are protecting their own butts. Sad but true. No one wants the
station to look like they want a guy to lose because they air a clip of him being honest...
It can be a slimy business and I've heard things that I seriously disagree with. I've left stations because of it. The bottom line is that news is
run by advertising and you want to air the stories that bring in the largest audience to drive up the ad costs. The fact that more people want to hear
about Brittany, Anna Nicole, and Paris than hear about real political stances and real news speaks volumes about the country, all the stations are
just reporting it because ratings go up when they do and they don't want to be left behind the other guys since their profits would go down.
I'm proud to say I work for a station that ignores entertainment news and only reports local. Let the big dogs and the net handle National. We have
no business reporting it. People in this area want to hear about this area.
Who knows, maybe we can start a trend.