Thursday, February 16, 2017

Commentary: A political tone in a conversation about sports on a local TV news program

(note: this commentary was made on the Wednesday of the fifteenth day of this February) 

I did not like this conversation in the sports segment of the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WKRG-TV during the second half of the hour of 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday ("WKRG News 5 at 6:30" was the name of the program):

Randy Patrick Setterstrom (a sports reporter): Working our way to March Madness and that bracketology, right, uh, Donald Trump's not playing games, right? He came to Mobile and predicted that he would be the president of the United States. That prediction came true.

Peter Albrecht (a news presenter): But what about basketball?

Randy Patrick Setterstrom: Doesn't want to get into the business of predicting basketball brackets, so he declined to join the ESPN bracket deal like President Obama had done--the former president had done for a number of years. He's, of course, a great basketball fan. I don't know if Donald Trump's a big basketball fan or not.

(personally I thought this conversation was unnecessary or appropriate for what was supposed to be a news program, or even a sports segment of a news program (it sounded more like gossip on a program for discussing sports). Not even the sports part of the conversation was worth mentioning since the person it was about was probably not interested in it and the idea that he would be interested was probably based on expectations unworthy of being part of a news program. I did not even care for the person it was about since I never considered him worthy of the the presidency of the United States (he was very disgraceful as both a candidate for the presidency and as the person holding the presidency itself). If I were to be interested in a news report about him, I would rather watch and/or hear an actual news report about him without any bias or favorability toward him)

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