In this morning's edition, we're examining KING 5's 7 AM broadcast, and you'll be amazed at what we found:
Local News' Top Stories
- Fire destroys a former school in Lynnwood and authorities are looking into whether it was arson
- Fire at a railroad trestle stops rail traffic between Seattle and Canada
- Asbestos being removed from a building in Downtown Seattle
- Water taxi is running again and ferrying passengers between West Seattle and Downtown in 8 minutes
- Changes to the ferry schedule as more boats are added
- Continuing coverage of the "pig parade" that took place yesterday
Oh by the way--15 to 20 minutes later!
- President Bush's tax cut victory
- Riots in England injure 15
- Another car bomb explodes in Israel
- Wildfires continue in Florida
- Tornado rips through Fort Wayne, Indiana
And almost 25 minutes later, sports!
- Coverage of the Mariner & Padres' games
- story about Gary Payton's contract negotiations
- NBA playoffs: 76'ers vs. Bucks
- Stanley Cup finals--Colorado won game 1
- UW crew team's participation in the college rowing championships
Network news top stories
- Another early morning car bomb in Jerusalem. This is the 2nd one in 9 hours
- 56 Muslim states agree to cut ties with Israel in efforts to stop the violence against Palestinians
- A 55,000 acre wildfire is still burning in Florida and may soon threaten 3 communities because of strong wind and drought conditions
- A tornado in Fort Wayne, Indiana has destroyed several buildings, ripped roofs off of others, and fliped cars in a parking lot; no serious injuries
- Authorities in the Philippines are pursuing kidnappers who abducted 20 hostages, including 3 Americans from a resort early this morning
- Police in full riot gear attempted to restore order after a huge race riot erupted and continued on through the night in England. 20 people were injured, including 15 police; another 17 were arrested
- Texas bill banning the execution of mentally retarded goes to the Governor for signing. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1982, 6 of the more than 200 executed were mentally retarded
- Colin Powell announced the US will send 40,000 tons of food aide to Sudan, which has been suffering from a severe drought and an 18 year civil war
- 2 towns seized by Ethnic Albanian rebels have been recaptured by the Macadeonian army
- Congressman Joseph Moakley, who has incurable cancer, is now gravely ill and family members are beginning to gather around his home
- FAA is giving airlines until September 8 to inspect problems with oxygen generators on 5 different Boeing jets
- A stampede near the very end of a soccer match in Israel has injured at least 35, 2 of whom are in serious condition
- 3 people in the French carribean are suffering from a Mad Cow-like disease
Once again, clear examples of relatively minor stories taking priority over major ones!
Plenty of time in the broadcast for discussion of the UW crew team and the "pig parade," but NO time for a story like 20 people being kidnapped.
And a huge riot in England, which capped months of racial tension, takes a backseat to stories such as the Water Taxi service and additional ferries being added.
And let's not forget about sports. Our sports reporter just had to include the fact that a former Husky assisted in the 76'ers game.
Newsflash: That fact is neither important nor relevant as most NBA players came from a college. Which college is only important to the college itself, but not the general public.