My wife of 25 years and I tend to sit together in our family room and watch the local news together almost every weeknight, no matter where we might have spent the hours after work.
I live in a town of just about 100,000 people. There are two local television stations, ABC and NBC affiliates, and I have developed the annoying (at least to my wife) habit of yelling back at the TV news readers - I can't use the word reporter with a straight face - when they mispronounce words in common usage or streets or landmarks that anyone living here more than six months ought to know how to say. I don't know whether the problem is the readers themselves or whomever writes the copy that goes on the teleprompter.
I am good for at least one outburst per night. I don't know whether this raises or lowers my blood pressure but it sure feels good to yell at the HDTV.
But what really makes her nuts, because it makes me nuts, is the promo every night at the start of the newscast: there is always a story coming about the puppies, or THE puppy, or the cat or cats.
I turn to my wife and scream, Puppies! Is this news? Which prompts her to get up off the couch, give me her trademarked dirty look and take the dog out.
I would like to thing that triteness is typical of the Southeast, not my native region, but I've seen the same kind of reporting about animals in other cities around the country. Is this news?
But it draws in the viewers, including the two of us, doesn't it?