For several days the networks have been reporting about robbers hitting boxcars near Union Station in Los Angeles, looting the cars of thousands of packages, making the nationwide backup of product deliveries worse. Apparently, this has been going on for more than a year? Is that even possible, with the tracks littered with the remains of packages ripped open by the robbers?
Hey kids, has anyone even wondered why the City or the County of Los Angeles or the railroad or some combination of the three, hasn’t put guards with shotguns and rubber bullets out on the tracks 7/24 to fix this problem? Isn’t the question of why this situation has been allowed to continue the real story here? Could it be that no one wants to pay for a solution? Could it be that the railroad is pointing at the City and the County, and the City and County, are point back at the railroad, and as a consequence, nothing gets done for months on end? Isn’t that the real story? If that is what’s happening?
I hate to have to tell you guys, but the question of “why?” is still one of the famous “5-W’s.” Your job is to FIND OUT WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON AND THEN TELL PEOPLE ABOUT IT. Why it’s continuing to happen is a big part of that. Can’t one or two of you, you know, do a little real reporting? “See Spot run! Spot, runs fast! There he goes!” is not covering a story unless of course, you just got to the scene, jumped out of the truck and barely had time to set up a camera before going live.
Is it possible that live tv coverage of almost everything has led to reporters breathlessly describing what’s happening in front of them to the degree that everything is covered without any or very little digging or what us old-timers used to call putting a little “shoe-leather” into the story to find out what’s really going on and why? Is it possible that this more superficial coverage has contributed to a national dumbing-down as big media has shifted away from educating and enlightening and switched over to a focus on infotainment to increase their profit margins? How much of what currently passes for tv news is just click-bait for the advertisers?