SUCKS! That said, all TV news SUCKS. The wife and I were watching an interesting episode of House on our local FOX affiliate when they decided to switch over to coverage of the Oregon Govenor’s race. In this age of the intertubes, google and youtube I’m held hostage to the whims of some TV program director who thinks I want to watch some politician promises not to rip me a new one with taxes. If I want to find out what is going on in the world, the last place I’m going to look for it is on my TV. Check my blog roll and you’ll can find out much more balanced and fair analysisof the news than you’ll ever be able find if you only watch the boob. Here’s the rub, shows like House pay the bills for these local stations so they’re shooting themselves in the foot when they do things like this. If you care to delve into this issue of how the media(newpapers and TV in particular) are going the way of the horse and buggy visit Jeff Jarvis‘ site and he’ll school you on the future of media.
I tried to call the station with their number provided on their website. The first call ended with a “all curcuits are busy…blah blah blah, the second was received with a rapid busy tone, my next call was the always pleasing “your call cannot be completed as dialed please check to see if you dialed the right number”. Well, fuck you, I know how to push fucking redial on my phone you fuckwads. I was born at night but it wasn’t last night dickweed!
I emailed the local Fox station and they responded via email this afternoon. Here’s what I wrote.
No wonder you networks are hemorrhaging viewers and money. Case in point., cutting off House for election coverage.A show that pays your bills and you run right over the consumer like we don’t matter. If I want to find out election results I will google it and get it unbiased, quicker and with less opinion. I watch your channel for your entertainment not your news. News not = entertainment, get it?
Here’s their response.
Tonight the Fox News Department interrupted regularly scheduled programming to bring you the concession and victory speeches from the Oregon Governor’s race. Breaking into programming is always a difficult decision, especially during a popular show like House. However, Fox 12 is committed to covering news that impacts you. We feel the election of a state leader rises to that level. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this caused our viewers. We hope to bring you an encore episode as soon as possible.
The wonderful people at Fox sent me another email about their litle election snafu. Here it is for posterity. The weird thing is the email was signed by Patrick McCreery but the email was from one of his lackeys. Figures.
We have been unable to reschedule the episode of House that was interrupted to bring you the concession and victory speeches from the Oregon Governor’s race. We are told this episode will, however, be shown on the USA network this Friday, November 17 at 11 PM for those on Comcast Cable or at 8 PM for those of you with satellite dishes. For those of you not on cable or satellite, Fox will be re-airing this program at a future date yet to be determined.