February 4, 2009

Real to Reel

Everyone I know that works in any form of media right now is more than a little antsy. Jobs are evaporating, and the mood in many places is a little more somber each day. One of the casualties, unfortunately, is the behind-the-scenes stuff that usually goes on. What you see, say, in front of the cameras of your favourite newscast is the professional delivery. What you don't see is the lead up, often within a split second of the camera going on, of crazy people cracking up. With less people, there is less clowning. And there's nothing like reporting on your own possible job cuts to squeeze the fun out of your day.

Having said that, I would have paid to be in the studio of this news station. Fark has it titled as a News Blooper, but lemme tell you, somebody went to extreme measures to pull it off - this was totally on purpose, and it's hilarious. I'm going to guess somebody already knew their job was toast - you need sound. Here.


Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Looked more like Hammy Hamster than Rodney Stanger to my eye...

February 04, 2009 9:02 PM  
Blogger carmilevy said...

Ouch...that's as tasteless a prank as I've ever seen. From my time in a newsroom, it wasn't considered acceptable form to joke around on stories that had anything to do with tragedy.

We made Christa McAuliffe/Challenger jokes around the news desk, but if we were going to slip anything into a script, it would likely be attached to a kicker or the weather report.

February 07, 2009 10:53 PM  

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