WCBS brands police shooting “50 Shots” then sanity prevails
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For some reason, WCBS has decided this past weekend’s police shooting in Queens needed a catchy name and logo on Monday. After calling the story “Deadly Police Shooting” for most of the weekend, they switched to the catchy “50 Shots” name (stolen from the Post's Sunday headline) complete with a logo. Not even bottom feeder Fox 5 stooped that low. By Tuesday evening, they changed to the much less sensationalistic “Police Shooting”. Score one for good sense.

Spinning against NBC
NBC_Nightly_11-26-06.jpgA day after NBC decided to start calling the Iraq Civil War a civil war, President Bush gave what is in effect a reply during an event in Latvia on Tuesday. “There's a lot of sectarian violence taking place, fomented in my opinion because of these attacks by al Qaeda, causing people to seek reprisal. And we will work with the Maliki government to defeat these elements,” Mr. Bush stated.

Soon to be house speaker Nancy Pelosi noted, “The 9/11 commission dismissed that notion a long time ago and I feel sad that the president is resorting to it again.”

The president’s comments and reaction to them prompted NBC to refute Mr. Bush’s claims. A report by Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski that aired on NBC Nightly News on Tuesday evening using military intelligence figures stating that al Qaeda only makes up 2% to 3% of opposing forces in Iraq.

The seed of change has been planted, and only time will tell if this will grow into a losing Walter Cronkite moment.

Six days a week
WCBS_11-26-06.jpgWCBS has been having its weeknight 11PM Jim Rosenfield, Dana Tyler, and John Bolaris front the late news for the past few Sunday evenings. Apparently this is another gimmick that General Manager Tom Dunn brought from Philadelphia. As we mentioned a few weeks back, Dunn is making many of the changes he made at Philladelphia’s KYW here at WCBS.

The Old Bolaris Almanac
WCBS_11-28-06.jpgOn Monday at 11 p.m. and Tuesday at 6 p.m. channel 2's John Bolaris give his winter weather outlook, which is purely a sweeps stunt. Among his predictions are a moderate El Niño, a trace to three inches of snow for December, and a season snow total of 15 to 27 inches. He should really leave long range weather prediction to The Old Farmer's Almanac who has been doing it since 1792.

Let’s do the time warp?
WABC_11-27-06.jpgIt may have seemed like a time warp Monday when Diana Williams co-anchored with Bill Ritter at 11 on channel 7. Williams co-anchored the newscast with Ritter from 1999 until 2003 when Liz Cho took over.

Just a little Mickey Mouse (and Minnie, too)
Amazingly, WABC’s Lincoln Center Holiday Tree Lighting featured acts from the various venues at the arts complex instead of from Disney properties. The Monday evening ceremonies, which took up the last 20 minutes or so of the 5 p.m. newscast, wound up thankfully having only four obvious Disney employees on camera– hosts Sam Champion and Sade Baderinwa along with the two people in the Mickey and Minnie suits.

WNBC Scoop
WNBC's Tim Minton managed to get exclusive interviews with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson on Tuesday night. Brown’s office is handling Saturday’s police shooting and Johnson handled the Diallo incident in 1999. Minton’s interview with Brown was the first granted since the incident on Saturday.