Raptor’s revenge

Nobody wishes ill against any TV news folk.  They’re just trying to do their jobs, trying to make a living at a time when their stations are teetering and their viewers are increasingly cynical about their motives and brainpower.

Yet they manage to reduce their sympathy points when they produce stuff like this, first reported by Mark Joyella in his always-enlightening Standup Kid blog.

"...and it's clawing at our hair!"

"...and it's clawing at our hair!"

Behold the rage in the face and voice of Orlando anchor Amy Kaufeldt:  “It is dangerous and ridiculous at the same time,” she gripes as she tells viewers that “a hawk is terrorizing people right here at Fox 35” during nesting season.

“The biggest frustration?  We can’t do anything about it.  The vicious bird is protected,” intones Kaufeldt’s co-anchor, Cale Ramaker, leading into a story about a hawk that that has nested for at least two years on the property of the TV station.

David Martin’s package on the bird was much less alarmist, pointing out that in previous nesting seasons, WOFL employees walked with umbrellas or hard-hats to avoid the talons of the bird during the 25-day nesting season.

Now, it seems the anchors would like to “do” something that isn’t in the Fish and Wildlife Service protocol.  Like what, exactly?  Employ a hit man on the mother hawk?

Boo-hoo. A report with a little less “poor, pitiful us” might have engendered more sympathy. One can imagine how many viewers are rooting for the hawk.

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4 thoughts on “Raptor’s revenge

  1. Bad White Trash Memories

    If the bird used in the the b-roll in that package is actually the bird in question, it is pretty obvious that it’s not a wild hawk. It clearly has a jess on its talon. Perhaps they should direct their efforts towards trying to find the owner.

  2. LBJ

    For those of us here when WXIA did Happy News, doesn’t the current Today show cast act pretty much the same?

  3. mike daly

    Okay, I’m gonna admit that there was some tongue in cheek humor going on throughout the report…but it was still annoying as hell.
    Breakdown –
    1. After saying, “Dangerous and ridiculous” the female anchor said, “You need to know that a hawk is terrorizing people here at Fox 35.”
    We need to know? That’s a buzz phrase that some consultant told them to use. It’s fun or even a bit “entertaining” to know, but I don’t “need” to know.
    2. I “need to know” that the hawk is really only trying to get that security guard to run a little and work off those extra pounds.
    3. I pull for the Hawk just like I pull for the bulls in Pamplona.
    4. The video of the bird showed it sitting perfectly still. It doesn’t look too vicious, but I wouldn’t screw with it.
    5. I saw a report from a Savannah station on a mockingbird that was harassing the local citizenry a couple years ago. At least they had shots of the bird attacking people.
    6. Mark Joyella kicks butt.


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